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Efficient Decompression of Binary Encoded Balanced Ternary Sequences (Early Access)

Author(s): O. Muller, A. Prost-Boucle, A. Bourge, F. Pétrot

Journal: Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems

Doi : 10.1109/TVLSI.2019.2906678

A balanced ternary digit, known as a trit, takes its values in {-1, 0, 1}. It can be encoded in binary as {11, 00, 01} for direct use in digital circuits. In this correspondence, we study the decompression of a sequence of bits into a sequence of binary encoded balanced ternary digits. We first show that it is useless in practice to compress sequences of more than 5 ternary values. We then provide two mappings, one to map 5 bits to 3 trits and one to map 8 bits to 5 trits. Both mappings were obtained by human analysis and lead to boolean implementations that compare quite favorably with others obtained by tweaking assignment or encoding optimization tools. However, mappings that lead to better implementations may be feasible.