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Python Electronic Design Automation

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PyEDA is a Python library for electronic design automation.

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  • Symbolic Boolean algebra with a selection of function representations:
    • Logic expressions
    • Truth tables, with three output states (0, 1, “don’t care”)
    • Reduced, ordered binary decision diagrams (ROBDDs)
  • SAT solvers:
  • Espresso logic minimization
  • Formal equivalence
  • Multi-dimensional bit vectors
  • DIMACS CNF/SAT parsers
  • Logic expression parser


Bleeding edge code:

$ git clone git://

For release tarballs and zipfiles, visit PyEDA’s page at the Cheese Shop.


Latest release version using pip:

$ pip3 install pyeda

Installation from the repository:

$ python3 install

Note that you will need to have Python headers and libraries in order to compile the C extensions. For MacOS, the standard Python installation should have everything you need. For Linux, you will probably need to install the Python3 “development” package.

For Debian-based systems (eg Ubuntu, Mint):

$ sudo apt-get install python3-dev

For RedHat-based systems (eg RHEL, Centos):

$ sudo yum install python3-devel

For Windows, just grab the binaries from Christoph Gohlke’s excellent pythonlibs page.

Logic Expressions

Invoke your favorite Python terminal, and invoke an interactive pyeda session:

>>> from pyeda.inter import *

Create some Boolean expression variables:

>>> a, b, c, d = map(exprvar, "abcd")

Construct Boolean functions using overloaded Python operators: ~ (NOT), | (OR), ^ (XOR), & (AND), >> (IMPLIES):

>>> f0 = ~a & b | c & ~d
>>> f1 = a >> b
>>> f2 = ~a & b | a & ~b
>>> f3 = ~a & ~b | a & b
>>> f4 = ~a & ~b & ~c | a & b & c
>>> f5 = a & b | ~a & c

Construct Boolean functions using standard function syntax:

>>> f10 = Or(And(Not(a), b), And(c, Not(d)))
>>> f11 = Implies(a, b)
>>> f12 = Xor(a, b)
>>> f13 = Xnor(a, b)
>>> f14 = Equal(a, b, c)
>>> f15 = ITE(a, b, c)
>>> f16 = Nor(a, b, c)
>>> f17 = Nand(a, b, c)

Construct Boolean functions using higher order operators:

>>> OneHot(a, b, c)
And(Or(~a, ~b), Or(~a, ~c), Or(~b, ~c), Or(a, b, c))
>>> OneHot0(a, b, c)
And(Or(~a, ~b), Or(~a, ~c), Or(~b, ~c))
>>> Majority(a, b, c)
Or(And(a, b), And(a, c), And(b, c))
>>> AchillesHeel(a, b, c, d)
And(Or(a, b), Or(c, d))

Investigate a function’s properties:

frozenset({a, b, c, d})
>>> f0.inputs
(a, b, c, d)
>>> f0.cardinality
>>> f0.depth

Convert expressions to negation normal form (NNF), with only OR/AND and literals:

>>> f11.to_nnf()
Or(~a, b)
>>> f12.to_nnf()
Or(And(~a, b), And(a, ~b))
>>> f13.to_nnf()
Or(And(~a, ~b), And(a, b))
>>> f14.to_nnf()
Or(And(~a, ~b, ~c), And(a, b, c))
>>> f15.to_nnf()
Or(And(a, b), And(~a, c))
>>> f16.to_nnf()
And(~a, ~b, ~c)
>>> f17.to_nnf()
Or(~a, ~b, ~c)

Restrict a function’s input variables to fixed values, and perform function composition:

>>> f0.restrict({a: 0, c: 1})
Or(b, ~d)
>>> f0.compose({a: c, b: ~d})
Or(And(~c, ~d), And(c, ~d))

Test function formal equivalence:

>>> f2.equivalent(f12)
>>> f4.equivalent(f14)

Investigate Boolean identities:

# Double complement
>>> ~~a

# Idempotence
>>> a | a
>>> And(a, a)

# Identity
>>> Or(a, 0)
>>> And(a, 1)

# Dominance
>>> Or(a, 1)
>>> And(a, 0)

# Commutativity
>>> (a | b).equivalent(b | a)
>>> (a & b).equivalent(b & a)

# Associativity
>>> Or(a, Or(b, c))
Or(a, b, c)
>>> And(a, And(b, c))
And(a, b, c)

# Distributive
>>> (a | (b & c)).to_cnf()
And(Or(a, b), Or(a, c))
>>> (a & (b | c)).to_dnf()
Or(And(a, b), And(a, c))

# De Morgan's
>>> Not(a | b).to_nnf()
And(~a, ~b)
>>> Not(a & b).to_nnf()
Or(~a, ~b)

Perform Shannon expansions:

>>> a.expand(b)
Or(And(a, ~b), And(a, b))
>>> (a & b).expand([c, d])
Or(And(a, b, ~c, ~d), And(a, b, ~c, d), And(a, b, c, ~d), And(a, b, c, d))

Convert a nested expression to disjunctive normal form:

>>> f = a & (b | (c & d))
>>> f.depth
>>> g = f.to_dnf()
>>> g
Or(And(a, b), And(a, c, d))
>>> g.depth
>>> f.equivalent(g)

Convert between disjunctive and conjunctive normal forms:

>>> f = ~a & ~b & c | ~a & b & ~c | a & ~b & ~c | a & b & c
>>> g = f.to_cnf()
>>> h = g.to_dnf()
>>> g
And(Or(a, b, c), Or(a, ~b, ~c), Or(~a, b, ~c), Or(~a, ~b, c))
>>> h
Or(And(~a, ~b, c), And(~a, b, ~c), And(a, ~b, ~c), And(a, b, c))

Multi-Dimensional Bit Vectors

Create some four-bit vectors, and use slice operators:

>>> A = exprvars('a', 4)
>>> B = exprvars('b', 4)
>>> A
farray([a[0], a[1], a[2], a[3]])
>>> A[2:]
farray([a[2], a[3]])
>>> A[-3:-1]
farray([a[1], a[2]])

Perform bitwise operations using Python overloaded operators: ~ (NOT), | (OR), & (AND), ^ (XOR):

>>> ~A
farray([~a[0], ~a[1], ~a[2], ~a[3]])
>>> A | B
farray([Or(a[0], b[0]), Or(a[1], b[1]), Or(a[2], b[2]), Or(a[3], b[3])])
>>> A & B
farray([And(a[0], b[0]), And(a[1], b[1]), And(a[2], b[2]), And(a[3], b[3])])
>>> A ^ B
farray([Xor(a[0], b[0]), Xor(a[1], b[1]), Xor(a[2], b[2]), Xor(a[3], b[3])])

Reduce bit vectors using unary OR, AND, XOR:

>>> A.uor()
Or(a[0], a[1], a[2], a[3])
>>> A.uand()
And(a[0], a[1], a[2], a[3])
>>> A.uxor()
Xor(a[0], a[1], a[2], a[3])

Create and test functions that implement non-trivial logic such as arithmetic:

>>> from pyeda.logic.addition import *
>>> S, C = ripple_carry_add(A, B)
# Note "1110" is LSB first. This says: "7 + 1 = 8".
>>> S.vrestrict({A: "1110", B: "1000"}).to_uint()

Other Function Representations

Consult the documentation for information about truth tables, and binary decision diagrams. Each function representation has different trade-offs, so always use the right one for the job.

PicoSAT SAT Solver C Extension

PyEDA includes an extension to the industrial-strength PicoSAT SAT solving engine.

Use the satisfy_one method to finding a single satisfying input point:

>>> f = OneHot(a, b, c)
>>> f.satisfy_one()
{a: 0, b: 0, c: 1}

Use the satisfy_all method to iterate through all satisfying input points:

>>> list(f.satisfy_all())
[{a: 0, b: 0, c: 1}, {a: 0, b: 1, c: 0}, {a: 1, b: 0, c: 0}]

For more interesting examples, see the following documentation chapters:

Espresso Logic Minimization C Extension

PyEDA includes an extension to the famous Espresso library for the minimization of two-level covers of Boolean functions.

Use the espresso_exprs function to minimize multiple expressions:

>>> f1 = Or(~a & ~b & ~c, ~a & ~b & c, a & ~b & c, a & b & c, a & b & ~c)
>>> f2 = Or(~a & ~b & c, a & ~b & c)
>>> f1m, f2m = espresso_exprs(f1, f2)
>>> f1m
Or(And(~a, ~b), And(a, b), And(~b, c))
>>> f2m
And(~b, c)

Use the espresso_tts function to minimize multiple truth tables:

>>> X = exprvars('x', 4)
>>> f1 = truthtable(X, "0000011111------")
>>> f2 = truthtable(X, "0001111100------")
>>> f1m, f2m = espresso_tts(f1, f2)
>>> f1m
Or(x[3], And(x[0], x[2]), And(x[1], x[2]))
>>> f2m
Or(x[2], And(x[0], x[1]))

Execute Unit Test Suite

If you have Nose installed, run the unit test suite with the following command:

$ make test

If you have Coverage installed, generate a coverage report (including HTML) with the following command:

$ make cover

Perform Static Lint Checks

If you have Pylint installed, perform static lint checks with the following command:

$ make lint

Build the Documentation

If you have Sphinx installed, build the HTML documentation with the following command:

$ make html

Python Versions Supported

PyEDA is developed using Python 3.3+. It is NOT compatible with Python 2.7, or Python 3.2.


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