A plastic compiler is really a software system that can take a user’s specifications and instantly generates a built-in circuit (IC). The operation is sometimes known as hardware compilation.

Plastic compilation happens in three major steps:

Plastic compilation was initially described in 1979 by David L. Johannsen, underneath the guidance of his thesis advisor, Carver Mead.

Johannsen, Mead, and Edmund K. Cheng subsequently founded Plastic Compilers Corporation. (SCI) almost 30 years ago.

Edmund Cheng designed an Ethernet Data Link Controller nick almost 30 years ago-82 using structured design methodology, to be able to drive the program and circuit-library development at SCI. The work went from concept to nick specs in 3 several weeks, and from nick specs to tape-in 5 several weeks. Fabricated utilizing a 3-micron NMOS process, the nick measured 50,600 square mils in die area, and it was being marketed and produced in volume-production by 1983 under license from SCI.

John Wawrzynek at Caltech used a few of the earliest plastic compilers in 1982 included in the “Another Processor Project” (YAPP).

In 1983-84, the SCI team designed and implemented the information-path nick utilized in the MicroVAX in seven several weeks.

MicroVAX’s data-path nick provides the entire 32-bit processor, except its microcode store and control-store sequencer, and possesses 37,000 transistors.

At that time, chips concentrating on the same amounts of complexity needed about three years to create and implement.

Including individuals seven several weeks, Digital Equipment Corporation completed the look and implementation from the MicroVAX within twelve months.