Background and Objectives: High-level synthesis (HLS) is one of the substantial steps in designing VLSI digital circuits. The primary purpose of HLS is to minimize the digital units used in the system to improve their power, delay, and area.
Methods: In the modified MFO algorithm presented in this paper, a hyperbolic spiral is chosen as the update mechanism of moths. Also, by presenting a new approach, a paramount issue involved in applying meta-heuristic methods for solving HLS problems of VLSI circuits has been disentangled.
Results: By comparing the performance of the proposed method with Genetic algorithm (GA)-based method and particle swarm optimization (PSO)-based method for the synthesis of the digital filters, it is concluded that the proposed method has the higher ability in the HLS of data path in digital filters. The best improvement is 2.78% for the delay (latency), 6.51% for the occupied area of the chip and 6.93% in power consumption. Another feature of the proposed method is its high-speed in finding optimal solutions, in a manner which, more than 21.6% and 12.9% faster than the GA-based and PSO-based methods, respectively on average.
Conclusion: The most important very large scale integration (VLSI) circuits are digital filters and transformers, which are widely used in audio and video processing, medical signal processing, and telecommunication systems. The complex, expansive, and discrete nature of design space in high-level synthesis problems has made them one of the most difficult problems in VLSI circuit design.