The Assq Chip and Its Progeny

Unknown author (1982-01)

Working Paper

The Assq Chip lives on the memory bus of the Scheme-81 chip of Sussman et al and serves as a utility for the computation of a number of functions concerned with the maintenance of linear tables and lists. Motivated by a desire to apply the design methodology implicit in Scheme-81, it was designed in about two months, has a very simple architecture and layout, and is primarily machine-generated. The chip and the design process are described and evaluated in the context of a proposal to construct a Scheme-to-silicon compiler that automates the design methodology used in the Assq Chip.