A CDE Definition
The conversion of a high-level electronic circuit description into a list of logic gates and their interconnections, called the "netlist." Every logic synthesis program understands some subset of Verilog and VHDL. The market leader in logic synthesis software is Synopsys, Mountain View, CA (www.synopsys.com). See silicon compiler.
Software that translates the electronic design of a chip into the layout of the logic gates, including the actual masking from one transistor to another. The source of the compilation is either a high-level description or the netlist. See HDL, netlist and logic synthesis.
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