HDFS – Hardware Design Using F#, version 0.2 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ dsymeApril 9, 20071 Share 0 0 On hubFS AndyMan has recently announced “Hardware Design F#”, HDFS, Version 0.2, based on a port of HDCaml, by Tom Hawkins, though rapidly acquiring a life of its own. I blogged about version 0.1 a while back. Here are his release highlights: The project has moved home. Now at http://code.google.com/p/hdfs/ and http://groups.google.com/group/hdfsharp Revised circuit design API. Where possible standard operators are used and overloaded to allow integer and string arguments. Improved simulator which should fix the bugs in V0.1 and adds a few extra optimisations. Completely redesigned API makes it much nicer to work with. Basic constant propogation optimisations applied automatically as circuits are built. Fixed point data type. A few new library circuits. HDCaml compatibility API. The beginnings of a synthesizer for Xilinx FPGAs. Although not complete, to me it’s quite remarkable what a few hundred lines of ML can achieve. Main things still to do: Memory generation (distributed and block ram). Hard multiplier support. Fix buggy instantiation code. EDIF generator (trying to reverse engineer EDIF is about as much fun as pulling out your own teeth…). Matlab Simulink model generator, kindly provided by John White.