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hardware ARchitectures and CAD tools

 ARCAD is a pluridisciplinary team in electrical and computer engeering composed of members from the several institutions (by alphabetical ordrer) : CNRS, ENSTA Bretagne, IMT Atlantique, Université de Bretagne Occidentale et Université Bretagne Sud. Geographically, about half of the team is located in Brest on ENSTA, IMT and UBO sites; the other half are in Lorient on UBS site.


The main scientific topics in the ARCAD team include:

  • hardware architectures:
    • analog/digital functions, computation units, IP blocks
    • accelerators, special purpose processors
    • reconfigurables architectures: CGRA, special purpose, virtual
    • parallel architectures
    • secure architectures, protections against logical and physical attacks
  • tools and software support:
    • special purpose CAD tools: synthesis, P&R, operator/circuit generation
    • high-level synthesis
    • low-level libraries for our architectures
  • for objectives in:
    • high performances
    • low energy consumption
    • high security (resistance to attacks) et reliability (resistance to fauts)
    • low cost (small silicon area and flexibility by reconfiguration)