I'm trying to implement the following design on a Cyclone II DE2:
It is a cell of a special type of a PUF (physically unclonable function) called the TSRAM PUF, where it consists of cross-coupled pairs of tristate inverters. The inputs to the system are the enable signals, and the single output to the signal is the logic level that settles at the lower_response node (the upper_response node can also be taken as the output instead).
So I started out by designing a single tristate inverter like so:
And then I created a symbol out of the it, before using it to create the complete design:
There are many criteria that has to be satisfied in order for this design to work (I'll post the others as separate questions), one of them is that the circuit has to be physically symmetric, that is, the delay from each input/output of the tristate inverters to its facing node (lower or upper response) must be equal, and in order to do that, I have to be able to work with the individual tristate inverters in the chip planner, however, when I compile, the compiler "washes away" my design and leaves me with this:
My dilemma is that how can I force the compiler to "pass-through" my tristate inverters to the chip planner as they are without any optimization or change?
Any help or reference is highly appreciated.
If there is any additional information required, then please let me know.
Thank you all in advance,
My best regards.
Yes, below is the tech. map viewer for the tristate inverter:
And here is the one for the overall design:
Additionally, here is the one for the tristate inverter instance (the green blocks above):
In FPGA architecture, there is no tristate primitive component in the core, specifically in LE block. Look at Cyclone II LE structure https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/programmable/us/en/pdfs/literature/hb/cyc2/cyc2_cii5v1.pdf, Figure 2-3 Tristate only exists at the input or output port. So this is why your "tristate inverter" is translated to a mux. It is not possible to implement such design in FPGA.
Is it possible to implement the design on any Altera FPGA other than the Cyclone II?
What about Xilinx FPGAs? Because I have a paper that implemented the same design on a Xilinx Virtex II (even though I didn't find any tristate support in its CLBs), a snippet of the paper is shown below:
What I understand is all of Intel FPGAs do not have any tristate built either in ALM or LE primitive block. Checked on the Virtex II device datasheet, I believe it have it in their CLB.