This book represents an attempt to treat three aspects of digital systems, design, prototyping and customization, in an integrated manner using two major technologies: VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL) as a modeling and specification tool, and Field-Programmable Logic Devices (FPLDs) as an implementation technology. They together make a very powerful combination for complex digital systems rapid design and prototyping as the important steps towards manufacturing, or, in the case of feasible quantities, they also provide fast system manufacturing. Combining these two technologies makes possible implementation of very complex digital systems at the desk. VHDL has become a standard tool to capture features of digital systems in a form of behavioral, dataflow or structural models providing a high degree of flexibility. When augmented by a good simulator, VHDL enables extensive verification of features of the system under design, reducing uncertainties at the latter phases of design process. As such, it becomes an unavoidable modeling tool to model digital systems at various levels of abstraction.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 548
Weight: 872 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 29 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 199
`The Glossary and Index are good. The section references and selected reading is short... The book is detailed and thorough, and will be useful in helping designing digital systems. It is clearly written and with well-organized text. Overall, this book was a pleasure to read. I recommend it to my students and colleagues from both the electrical engineering and the computer science communities.'
Microelectronics Journal, 30 (1999)