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From Barnes & NobleTo build today's cellphones, MP3/video players, and other handheld, low-power, embedded systems, digital designers need to master new techniques: processor-centric, integration-focused, and implemented with hardware description languages (HDLs). Many books haven't kept up. Fortunately, Peter Ashenden has written the definitive guide for the modern digital designer.
(Two books, actually. This one systematically teaches digital design with examples from VHDL. Ashenden also offers the same material with Verilog examples.)
These books are a breath of fresh air: accessible and practical. Ashenden introduces a start-to-finish, model-based design process; then walks step-by-step through basic techniques ranging from combinational and sequential circuits to memory. He reviews physical design issues related to ASICSs, FPGAs, and other modern ICs; then dives into embedded systems: processors, I/O, and acceleration. Finally, stepping back, he discusses design flow and optimization, and introduces "design for test." This is the knowledge today's digital designers need -- presented superbly well. Bill Camarda, from the December 2007 Read Only