ACiD-WG Home Page

Welcome to the home page of the Working Group on Asynchronous Circuit Design (ACiD-WG). The European Commission funded the Working Group under Framework Programme FP5 Microelectronics (IST-1999-29119) for the period 1st September 2000 - 31st January 2005, and previously under FP3 Basic Research (EP7225) and FP4 Technologies for Components and Subsystems (EP21949).


Objectives...Description of the work...Membership...Forum for Members

The following links enable you to find out...

which companies became industrial affiliates of the Working Group...about sister-projects... what we have done...about the technology... how members of the Working Group were recognized for the excellence of their research... how members of the Working Group exploited the technology... about events organised by us...about events sponsored by us...about events held in co-operation with us...about events at which we have been represented...


Objectives for FP5

ACiD-WG aimed at improving the systematic exchange of information and the forging of links between teams which carry out RTD or take-up activities around the theme of asynchronous circuit design. Its objectives in FP5 were as follows:
  1. To encourage excellence in science and technology research pertaining to asynchronous circuits and systems.
  2. To facilitate the development of methods and tools that are usable by engineers for the design of asynchronous VLSI systems.
  3. To promote the adoption of asynchronous circuit design in industry.

Description of the work during FP5

Four workshops were organised, hosted by members of the Working Group and took place in different member and associated states of the European Union, on the theme of asynchronous circuits and systems. Attendance and presentations by all members of the Working Group and by industrial affiliates were encouraged. Invitations to participate were also extended to non-members of the Working Group. In addition, visits between members took place and special interest group meetings were organised.

A summer school and winter school were organised for the second year and fifth year of the contract, respectively. Members of the Working Group host these schools. Additional teaching and training activities took place. For example, ACiD-WG co-operated with the organisation of six-monthly meetings in the UK aimed at PhD students.

Members of the Working Group engaged in activities aimed at generating interest and awareness in asynchronous circuits and systems, e.g., exploratory visits to companies, and tutorials at conferences. They also disseminated the results of their research, e.g., posters and presentations at conferences, and publication of books and journal articles. Trip reports were produced and linked to this web page.

To demonstrate the strength of European RTD in asynchronous circuits and systems, participation in the annual "Async" international symposium was considered particularly desirable.

A report "Design, Automation and Test for Asynchronous Circuits and Systems" was commissioned, which should be of value to potential users of asynchronous circuit technology and to tools developers. It was followed up by an annual public overview of the status of asynchronous design in industrial use.

Membership during FP5

Participant No. Short Name Country Code Type of Organisation Scientific Person
1
LSBU
UK
U
Mark Josephs
2
Philips Research
NL
I
Ad Peeters
3
Infineon
D
I
Christoph Heer
4
ST
F
I
Jean-Pierre Schoellkopf
5
CSEM
S
R
Christian Piguet
6
IHP
D
R
Eckhard Grass
7
MBDA
UK
I
Eric Campbell
8
UoM
UK
U
Doug Edwards
9
UNew
UK
U
Alex Yakovlev
10
UCam-CLab
UK
U
Simon Moore
11
UPC
E
U
Jordi Cortadella
12
UDI*
I
U
Luciano Lavagno
13
TUE*
NL
U
Tom Verhoeff
14
INPG-TIMA
F
U
Marc Renaudin
15
DTU
DK
U
Jens Sparsø
16
Technion
IL
U
Ran Ginosar
17
Åbo Akademi
FIN
U
Kaisa Sere
18
AT&T*
UK
I
Phil Endecott
19
NNT
IL
I
Victor Varshavsky (deceased)
20
PoliTo
I
U
Luciano Lavagno
21
FORTH/ICS
EL
R
Christos Sotiriou
U = University; R= Research Institute; I=Industrial organisation
* Membership terminated.

The following links enable you to find out...

which companies became industrial affiliates of the Working Group ...

Accentime Inc, CA

ARM Limited, UK

Cadence Design Systems, US

ExMark (Technical Marketing Services), UK

Intel Corporation (Strategic CAD Labs), US

Kramer-Consulting, DE

Philips Semiconductors (Automotive), NL

Sun Microsystems Laboratories (Asynchronous Design Group), US

Theseus Logic, US

about sister-projects ...

Asynchronous open-source processor IP of the DLX architecture (ASPIDA) IST-2002-37796

Third generation smart card (G3Card) IST-1999-13515

what we have done ...

Final report on ACiD-WG activities in FP5

Fifth annual report on ACiD-WG activities in FP5

Fourth annual report on ACiD-WG activities in FP5

Third annual report on ACiD-WG activities in FP5

Second annual report on ACiD-WG activities in FP5

First annual report on ACiD-WG activities in FP5

Final report on ACiD-WG activities in FP4

Fourth annual report on ACiD-WG activities in FP4

Third annual report on ACiD-WG activities in FP4

Second annual report on ACiD-WG activities in FP4

First annual report on ACiD-WG activities in FP4

Final report on ACiD-WG activities in FP3

about the technology ...

ACiD-WG report on "The Status of Asynchronous Design in Industry", 3rd edition, June 2004 (edited by Doug Edwards and Will Toms)

ACiD-WG report on "Design, Automation and Test for Asynchronous Circuits and Systems", 3rd edition, June 2004 (edited by Doug Edwards and Will Toms)

book on "Logic Synthesis of Asynchronous Controllers and Interfaces", Springer Series in Advanced Microelectronics, Vol. 8, March 2002 (authored by Jordi Cortadella, Mike Kishinevsky, Alex Kondratyev, Luciano Lavagno and Alex Yakovlev)

book on "Principles of Asynchronous Circuit Design: A Systems Perspective", Kluwer Academic Publishers, December 2001 (edited by Jens Sparsø and Steve Furber)

Special issue of 'Proceedings of the IEEE' on asynchronous circuits and systems, February 1999 (with Nowick, Josephs and Van Berkel as guest co-editors)

Asynchronous Logic Home Page (maintained by the University of Manchester), which includes information about

Asynchronous Mailing List

asynchronous tools available on the Internet

Asynchronous Bibliography (maintained by Eindhoven University of Technology)

how members of the Working Group were recognized for the excellence of their research ...

A Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2004, in the Innovation category, has been conferred on MBDA for its development and industrial application of the "Butler Chip". The Butler Chip, developed at MBDA’s Stevenage Research and Development facility for integration in advanced guided-weapon systems, provides hardware support to replace a conventional computer software operating system. Approximately half of this 460K-gate ASIC is clock-free circuitry.

The project "Petrify: methodology and tool for logic synthesis of asynchronous circuits", co-ordinated by UPC and involving PoliTo, UNew, Intel and Cadence, was selected as one of the ten finalist projects for the 2002 EU Descartes Prize for outstanding research through transnational collaboration. The Panel Presidents commented: "The project has outstanding scientific qualities, and represents a long history of excellent teamwork. The results of the project will aid the application of asynchronous integrated circuits, which have significant industrial potential. The design tools which form the main results of the project are founded on very solid mathematical theory, and they have already been put to use by the scientific community in companies and academia."

how members of the Working Group exploited the technology ...

Silistix Limited is a spin-out of UoM. It is featured in the September 2004 issue of IEE Review.

Handshake Solutions is a Line of Business within the Technology Incubator of Philips Research

SmartMX family of smartcard microcontrollers based on 8051 architecture, uses "high performing, power saving, Tangram design methodology", announced 2001

P83CL882 (2001) and P87CL888 (2002) Telephony Controllers, and PCA5007 (1998) and PCA5010 (1988) Pager Baseband Controllers (featuring a "full static asynchronous 80C51 CPU")

about events organised by us ...

Workshops

Turku, Finland, June 2004

Heraklion, Crete, Greece, January 2003

Munich, Germany, January 2002

Neuchatel, Switzerland, February 2001

Grenoble, France, January/February 2000

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, January 1999

Turin, Italy, January 1998

Groningen, The Netherlands, September 1996

Schools

Cambridge, England, January 2005

Grenoble, France, July 2002

Lyngby, Denmark, August 1997

Other Meetings

Neuchatel, Switzerland, September 2003 (CSEM-IHP exploratory meeting)

Heraklion, Crete, July 2003 (ICS/FORTH-Technion research collaboration)

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, July 2003 (UNew-INPG-TIMA research collaboration)

Heraklion, Crete, May 2003 (ICS/FORTH-PoliTo research collaboration)

Munich, Germany, December 2002

Turin, Italy, May 2002 (ICS/FORTH-PoliTo research collaboration)

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, December 2001 (UPC-UNew research collaboration)

Munich, Germany, October 2001

London, UK, July 2001

Eindhoven, The Netherlands, March - June 2001 (LSBU-PRL collaborative project)

Eindhoven, The Netherlands, August - November 1999 (LSBU-PRL collaborative project)

Groningen, The Netherlands, September 98 (on "Theorem Provers and Asynchronous Systems", in association with the ORKEST project)

Brussels, Belgium, September 98 (slides and notes presented at review of ACiD-WG and a summary of the discussion that took place afterwards)

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, July 1998

St. Petersburg, Russia, July 1998

Grenoble, France, April 1998

Turin, Italy, July 1997

Turin, Italy, April 1997

Turin, Italy, February 1997

about events sponsored by us ...

Async International Symposia

Hersonissos, Crete, Greece, April 2004 (with financial support)

Manchester, United Kingdom, April 2002 (with financial support)

Eilat, Israel, April 2000

Barcelona, Spain, April 1999 (with financial support)

Veldhoven, The  Netherlands, April 1997 (with financial support)

about events held in co-operation with us ...

International Conferences on Application of Concurrency to System Design (ICACSD)

Guimaraes, Portugal, June 2003

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, June 2001

UK Asynchronous Forums

Manchester, September 2004

Cambridge, January 2004

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, June 2003

Cambridge, December 2002

London, June 2002

Cambridge, December 2001

Edinburgh, July 2001

Cambridge, December 2000

London, June 2000

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, December 1999

Manchester, July 1999

Cambridge, December 1998

London, July 1998

Edinburgh, December 1997

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, July 1997

Edinburgh, December 1996

about events at which we have been represented ...

PATMOS'04

REASON Tutorial Day and DSD'04

CHES'04

25 Years of CSP

25th ATPN and ToBaCo'04

ACSD'04 (report by LSBU)

41st Design Automation Conference, 2004 (report by LSBU)

SSoCC'04 (report by DTU)

EMC Compo'04

DATE'04 (report by IHP)

FMGALS'03

PATMOS'03

IWADC'03

CHES'03

40th Design Automation Conference, 2003 (report by PoliTo)

Async'03

DATE'03 (see session 9F1)

EMC Compo'02 (report by INPG-TIMA)

FDL'02 (report by LSBU)

7th Intel EMEA Academic Forum, 2002 (report by UCam-CLab)

PATMOS'02 (report by LSBU)

FPL'02 (report by INPG-TIMA)

CAV'02 (report by UNew)

DATE'02, (see sessions 4B and 10B)

ASP-DAC/VLSI'02 (report by UPC and UoM)

IFIP VLSI-SOC'01 (report by INPG)

NORCHIP'01 (report by DTU)

SOC'01 seminar (report by INPG)

PATMOS'01

Async'01

Joep Kessels of Philips Research contributed to a short course on System-on-Chip Design, 2001

Async'99 (report by LSBU)

PATMOS'98 (report by LSBU)

ISCA'98 (report by LSBU)

HWPN'98 (report by LSBU)

35th Design Automation Conference, 1998 (report by UPC)

MPC'98 (report by LSBU)

Async'98 (report by Philips Research, TUE, University of Groningen, DTU and Telecom Bretgane)

CSD'98 (report by PoliTo)

34th Design Automation Conference, 1997 (report by UPC)

CHDL'97 (report by UoM)

International Solid-State Circuits Conference, 1997 (report by Philips Research)

Advanced Course in Petri Nets, 1996 (report by UNew)

NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Low Power Design in Deep Submicron Electronics", 1996 (reports by LSBU and UNew)


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