The Designer's Guide to VHDL

Systems on Silicon

Book 3
Morgan Kaufmann
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VHDL, the IEEE standard hardware description language for describing digital electronic systems, has recently been revised. The Designer's Guide to VHDL has become a standard in the industry for learning the features of VHDL and using it to verify hardware designs. This third edition is the first comprehensive book on the market to address the new features of VHDL-2008.
  • First comprehensive book on VHDL to incorporate all new features of VHDL-2008, the latest release of the VHDL standard
  • Helps readers get up to speed quickly with new features of the new standard
  • Presents a structured guide to the modeling facilities offered by VHDL
  • Shows how VHDL functions to help design digital systems
  • Includes extensive case studies and source code used to develop testbenches and case study examples
  • Helps readers gain maximum facility with VHDL for design of digital systems
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About the author

Peter J. Ashenden received his B.Sc.(Hons) and Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He was previously a senior lecturer in computer science and is now a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. His research interests are computer organization and electronic design automation. Dr. Ashenden is also an independent consultant specializing in electronic design automation (EDA). He is actively involved in IEEE working groups developing VHDL standards, is the author of The Designer's Guide to VHDL and The Student's Guide to VHDL and co-editor of the Morgan Kaufmann series, Systems on Silicon. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

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Morgan Kaufmann
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Published on
Oct 7, 2010
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Pages
936
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ISBN
9780080568850
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Programming Languages / General
Computers / Software Development & Engineering / Systems Analysis & Design
Technology & Engineering / Industrial Design / Product
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Digital Design: An Embedded Systems Approach Using VHDL provides a foundation in digital design for students in computer engineering, electrical engineering and computer science courses. It takes an up-to-date and modern approach of presenting digital logic design as an activity in a larger systems design context.

Rather than focus on aspects of digital design that have little relevance in a realistic design context, this book concentrates on modern and evolving knowledge and design skills. Hardware description language (HDL)-based design and verification is emphasized--VHDL examples are used extensively throughout. By treating digital logic as part of embedded systems design, this book provides an understanding of the hardware needed in the analysis and design of systems comprising both hardware and software components.

Includes a Web site with links to vendor tools, labs and tutorials.

Presents digital logic design as an activity in a larger systems design contextFeatures extensive use of VHDL examples to demonstrate HDL (hardware description language) usage at the abstract behavioural level and register transfer level, as well as for low-level verification and verification environmentsIncludes worked examples throughout to enhance the reader's understanding and retention of the materialCompanion Web site includes links to tools for FPGA design from Synplicity, Mentor Graphics, and Xilinx, VHDL source code for all the examples in the book, lecture slides, laboratory projects, and solutions to exercises
Making VHDL a simple and easy-to-use hardware descriptionlanguage

Many engineers encountering VHDL (very high speed integratedcircuits hardware description language) for the first time can feeloverwhelmed by it. This book bridges the gap between the VHDLlanguage and the hardware that results from logic synthesis withclear organisation, progressing from the basics of combinationallogic, types, and operators; through special structures such astristate buses, register banks and memories, to advanced themessuch as developing your own packages, writing test benches andusing the full range of synthesis types.

This third edition has been substantially rewritten to includethe new VHDL-2008 features that enable synthesis of fixed-point andfloating-point hardware. Extensively updated throughout to reflectmodern logic synthesis usage, it also contains a complete casestudy to demonstrate the updated features.

Features to this edition include:

a common VHDL subset which will work across a range ofdifferent synthesis systems, targeting a very wide range oftechnologiesa design style that results in long design lifetimes, maximumdesign reuse and easy technology retargeting a new chapter on a large scale design example based on adigital filter from design objective and design process, to testingstrategy and test benchesa chapter on writing test benches, with everything needed toimplement a test-based design strategyextensive coverage of data path design, including integer,fixed-point and floating-point arithmetic, logic circuits,shifters, tristate buses, RAMs, ROMs, state machines, anddecoders

Focused specifically on logic synthesis, this book is forprofessional hardware engineers using VHDL for logic synthesis, anddigital systems designers new to VHDL but familiar with digitalsystems. It offers all the knowledge and tools needed to use VHDLfor logic synthesis. Organised in themed chapters and with acomprehensive index, this complete reference will also benefitpostgraduate students following courses on microelectronics orVLSI/ semiconductors and digital design.



Since the publication of the first edition of The Designer's Guide to VHDL in 1996, digital electronic systems have increased exponentially in their complexity, product lifetimes have dramatically shrunk, and reliability requirements have shot through the roof. As a result more and more designers have turned to VHDL to help them dramatically improve productivity as well as the quality of their designs.


VHDL, the IEEE standard hardware description language for describing digital electronic systems, allows engineers to describe the structure and specify the function of a digital system as well as simulate and test it before manufacturing. In addition, designers use VHDL to synthesize a more detailed structure of the design, freeing them to concentrate on more strategic design decisions and reduce time to market. Adopted by designers around the world, the VHDL family of standards have recently been revised to address a range of issues, including portability across synthesis tools.


This best-selling comprehensive tutorial for the language and authoritative reference on its use in hardware design at all levels--from system to gates--has been revised to reflect the new IEEE standard, VHDL-2001. Peter Ashenden, a member of the IEEE VHDL standards committee, presents the entire description language and builds a modeling methodology based on successful software engineering techniques. Reviewers on Amazon.com have consistently rated the first edition with five stars. This second edition updates the first, retaining the authors unique ability to teach this complex subject to a broad audience of students and practicing professionals.

* Details how the new standard allows for increased portability across tools.
* Covers related standards, including the Numeric Synthesis Package and the Synthesis Operability Package, demonstrating how they can be used for digital systems design.
* Presents four extensive case studies to demonstrate and combine features of the language taught across multiple chapters.
* Requires only a minimal background in programming, making it an excellent tutorial for anyone in computer architecture, digital systems engineering, or CAD.

Digital Design: An Embedded Systems Approach Using VHDL provides a foundation in digital design for students in computer engineering, electrical engineering and computer science courses. It takes an up-to-date and modern approach of presenting digital logic design as an activity in a larger systems design context.

Rather than focus on aspects of digital design that have little relevance in a realistic design context, this book concentrates on modern and evolving knowledge and design skills. Hardware description language (HDL)-based design and verification is emphasized--VHDL examples are used extensively throughout. By treating digital logic as part of embedded systems design, this book provides an understanding of the hardware needed in the analysis and design of systems comprising both hardware and software components.

Includes a Web site with links to vendor tools, labs and tutorials.

Presents digital logic design as an activity in a larger systems design contextFeatures extensive use of VHDL examples to demonstrate HDL (hardware description language) usage at the abstract behavioural level and register transfer level, as well as for low-level verification and verification environmentsIncludes worked examples throughout to enhance the reader's understanding and retention of the materialCompanion Web site includes links to tools for FPGA design from Synplicity, Mentor Graphics, and Xilinx, VHDL source code for all the examples in the book, lecture slides, laboratory projects, and solutions to exercises
Digital Design: An Embedded Systems Approach Using Verilog provides a foundation in digital design for students in computer engineering, electrical engineering and computer science courses. It takes an up-to-date and modern approach of presenting digital logic design as an activity in a larger systems design context.

Rather than focus on aspects of digital design that have little relevance in a realistic design context, this book concentrates on modern and evolving knowledge and design skills. Hardware description language (HDL)-based design and verification is emphasized--Verilog examples are used extensively throughout. By treating digital logic as part of embedded systems design, this book provides an understanding of the hardware needed in the analysis and design of systems comprising both hardware and software components.

Includes a Web site with links to vendor tools, labs and tutorials.

Presents digital logic design as an activity in a larger systems design contextFeatures extensive use of Verilog examples to demonstrate HDL (hardware description language) usage at the abstract behavioural level and register transfer level, as well as for low-level verification and verification environmentsIncludes worked examples throughout to enhance the reader's understanding and retention of the materialCompanion Web site includes links to tools for FPGA design from Synplicity, Mentor Graphics, and Xilinx, Verilog source code for all the examples in the book, lecture slides, laboratory projects, and solutions to exercises
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