Date of Original Version

10-1997

Type

Conference Proceeding

Abstract or Description

We introduce a new equivalence checking method based on abstract BDDs (aBDDs). The basic idea is the following: given an abstraction function, aBDDs reduce the size of BDDs by merging nodes that have the same abstract value. An aBDD has bounded size and can be constructed without constructing the original BDD. We show that this method of equivalence checking is always sound. It is complete for an important class of arithmetic circuits that includes integer multiplication. We also suggest heuristics for findings suitable abstraction functions based on the structure of the circuit. The efficiency of this technique is illustrated by experiments on ISCAS'85 benchmark circuits

DOI

10.1109/ICCD.1997.628891

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