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eliminate the need for detailed hardware expertise for FPGA design, a research group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) here has developed an open-source C compiler for reconfigurable logic. Called Streams-C, the compiler doesn't generally yield the performance of RTL design but claims to boost productivity by 10 to 100 fold.
Streams-C accepts a subset of the C programming language, performs behavioral synthesis, and outputs synthesizable RTL VHDL code."