FPGA Prototyping by Verilog Examples: Xilinx Spartan-3 Version

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FPGA Prototyping Using Verilog Examples will provide you with a hands-on introduction to Verilog synthesis and FPGA programming through a “learn by doing” approach. By following the clear, easy-to-understand templates for code development and the numerous practical examples, you can quickly develop and simulate a sophisticated digital circuit, realize it on a prototyping device, and verify the operation of its physical implementation. This introductory text that will provide you with a solid foundation, instill confidence with rigorous examples for complex systems and prepare you for future development tasks.
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Pong P. Chu, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cleveland State University in Ohio. He has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level digital systems and computer architecture courses for more than a decade and has received instructional grants from the National Science Foundation and Cleveland State University.
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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Sep 20, 2011
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Pages
518
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ISBN
9781118210611
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Language
English
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Computers / Computer Engineering
Technology & Engineering / Electrical
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Explores the unique hardware programmability of FPGA-basedembedded systems, using a learn-by-doing approach to introduce theconcepts and techniques for embedded SoPC design with Verilog

An SoPC (system on a programmable chip) integrates a processor,memory modules, I/O peripherals, and custom hardware acceleratorsinto a single FPGA (field-programmable gate array) device. Inaddition to the customized software, customized hardware can bedeveloped and incorporated into the embedded system aswell—allowing us to configure the soft-core processor, createtailored I/O interfaces, and develop specialized hardwareaccelerators for computation-intensive tasks.

Utilizing an Altera FPGA prototyping board and its Nios IIsoft-core processor, Embedded SoPC Design with Nios II Processorand Verilog Examples takes a "learn by doing" approach toillustrate the hardware and software design and development processby including realistic projects that can be implemented and testedon the board.

Emphasizing hardware design and integration throughout, the bookis divided into four major parts:

Part I covers HDL and synthesis of custom hardware

Part II introduces the Nios II processor and provides anoverview of embedded software development

Part III demonstrates the design and development of hardware andsoftware of several complex I/O peripherals, including a PS2keyboard and mouse, a graphic video controller, an audio codec, andan SD (secure digital) card

Part IV provides several case studies of the integration ofhardware accelerators, including a custom GCD (greatest commondivisor) circuit, a Mandelbrot set fractal circuit, and an audiosynthesizer based on DDFS (direct digital frequency synthesis)methodology

While designing and developing an embedded SoPC can berewarding, the learning can be a long and winding journey. Thisbook shows the trail ahead and guides readers through the initialsteps to exploit the full potential of this emergingmethodology.

The book is divided into four major parts. Part I covers HDLconstructs and synthesis of basic digital circuits. Part IIprovides an overview of embedded software development with theemphasis on low-level I/O access and drivers. Part III demonstratesthe design and development of hardware and software for severalcomplex I/O peripherals, including PS2 keyboard and mouse, agraphic video controller, an audio codec, and an SD (securedigital) card. Part IV provides three case studies of theintegration of hardware accelerators, including a custom GCD(greatest common divisor) circuit, a Mandelbrot set fractalcircuit, and an audio synthesizer based on DDFS (direct digitalfrequency synthesis) methodology.

The book utilizes FPGA devices, Nios II soft-core processor, anddevelopment platform from Altera Co., which is one of the two mainFPGA manufactures. Altera has a generous university program thatprovides free software and discounted prototyping boards foreducational institutions (details at ahref="http://www.altera.com/university"spanstyle="color: #284457;"http://www.altera.com/university/span/a).The two main educational prototyping boards are known as DE1 ($99)and DE2 ($269). All experiments can be implemented and tested withthese boards. A board combined with this book becomes a“turn-key” solution for the SoPC design experiments andprojects. Most HDL and C codes in the book are device independentand can be adapted by other prototyping boards as long as a boardhas similar I/O configuration.

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