VHDL-2008: Just the New Stuff

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VHDL-2008: Just the New Stuff, as its title says, introduces the new features added to the latest revision of the IEEE standard for the VHDL hardware description language. Written by the Chair and Technical Editor of the IEEE working group, the book is an authoritative guide to how the new features work and how to use them to improve design productivity. It will be invaluable for early adopters of the new language version, for tool implementers, and for those just curious about where VHDL is headed.

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Overview

VHDL-2008: Just the New Stuff, as its title says, introduces the new features added to the latest revision of the IEEE standard for the VHDL hardware description language. Written by the Chair and Technical Editor of the IEEE working group, the book is an authoritative guide to how the new features work and how to use them to improve design productivity. It will be invaluable for early adopters of the new language version, for tool implementers, and for those just curious about where VHDL is headed.

* First in the market describing the new features of VHDL 2008;
* Just the new features, so existing users and implementers can focus on what's new;
* Helps readers to learn the new features soon, rather than waiting for new editions of complete VHDL reference books.
* Authoritative, written by experts in the area;
* Tutorial style, making it more accessible than the VHDL Standard Language Reference Manual.

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Editorial Reviews

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Time flies: VHDL has been around for more than 20 years. This year, a major new version arrives: VHDL-2008. If you've used previous versions, you needn't learn the whole language: just what's new. That's the focus of this concise, well-crafted book.

VHDL-2008: Just the New Stuff kicks off with a detailed introduction to the language's expanded support for generics, which offers powerful new opportunities for optimizing productivity through reuse. Peter Ashenden and Jim Lewis then illuminate other key enhancements, ranging from external names (which simplify design verification) to force and release (which make it easier to develop and execute test scenarios).

Ashenden and Lewis then systematically review changes to VHDL's type system, operations, statements, modeling and I/O features, standard packages, and more. There are code examples everywhere. Above all, the authors masterfully explain why each modification was made, and what you can do with it. Bill Camarda, from the February 2008 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123742490
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/10/2007
  • Series: Systems on Silicon Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.54 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 7.50 (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

Major New Features; Type System Changes; New and Changed Operations; New and Changed Statements; Modeling Enhancements; Standard Packages; Improved I/O; Minor Semantic Changes; Lexical and Syntax Changes; What's Next.
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