Digital Design (VHDL): An Embedded Systems Approach Using VHDL / Edition 1

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Overview

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 context.
• Features 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 environments.
• Includes worked examples throughout to enhance the reader's understanding and retention of the material.
• Companion 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.

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To 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123695284
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Methodology 2. Combinational Basics 3. Numeric Basics 4. Sequential Basics 5. Memories 6. Implementation Fabrics 7. Processor Basics 8. I/O Interfacing 9. Accelerators 10. Design Methodology App A. Answers to Knowledge Quiz Questions App B. Introduction to Electronic Circuits App C. VHDL App D. Gumnut Microcontroller

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