Hideaki Kobayashi, Masahiro Shindo: Knowledge based method and apparatus for designing integrated circuits using functional specifications. International Chip Corporation, Ricoh Company, Bell Seltzer Park & Gibson, May 1, 1990: US04922432 (166 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a computer-aided design system and method for designing an application specific integrated circuit which enables a user to define functional architecture independent specifications for the integrated circuit and which translates the functional architecture independent ...