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Circuit Design with VHDL Hardcover – 13 Aug 2004

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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (13 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262162245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262162241
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Volnei A. Pedroni received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is Professor of Electronics Engineering at Brazil's Federal University of Technology.


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This book is really good as an introduction to VHDL. Although it won't be very easy to follow without any previous knowledge of VHDL, it doesn't require much from the reader to get started with.

It covers mainly VHDL 93 and has a big focus on synthesis oriented code.

The chapters about signals and variables, concurrent code and sequential code are particularly well written and are a great help to realize the sometimes fuzzy distinction between such concepts. It will be of great usefulness in a College course about VHDL.

Don't expect it to teach any digital systems concepts at all; the author assumes that these are known matters and focuses only on the VHDL language instead and how it relates with those concepts.

Later on the book there are plenty of complete system examples, as well as brief tutorials about Xilinx ISE and ALTERA design tools.

I definitely recommend it.
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Format: Hardcover
Very concisely written in an extremely simple fashion. No previous knowledge of VHDL required but an understanding of digital electronics is needed. Plenty of exercises after each chapter, just do these problems and you'll be designing circuits in VHDL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best introductory book to circuit design with VHDL! 10 July 2005
By Pavel V. Kolinko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a physics graduate student who needed to learn VHDL for many of my projects (FPGA-based digital filters, FFT and other high speed digital-based processing).

After spending about a week trying to cookbook/copycat the complicated structures in VHDL I decided it would be best to start at a basic level to get a solid grasp of VHDL.

It is hard to imagine a better introduction.

The author did a perfect job integrating the routine software writing with system design.

All of the code is COMPLETE and all of it works (90% of it I checked myself, when going through examples & problems).

Simulations, complete code and clear diagrams are presented for every example!

If you need to do real engineering work using VHDL, and have a list of designs on your table that are begging for FPGA, ASIC, CPLDs, but don't know how to do it in VHDL, this book is for you.

Some cautionary notes:

1) This book gives you basic, but fundamental knowledge of VHDL. If you know other programming languages (for example assembler, Vis. Basic or C/C++), but need VHDL then after this book you can start writing real code and will be able to understand complicated examples and will easily be able to incorporate IP cores into projects.

Contrary to the opinion of some of the above reviewers, I disagree that this book is a cookbook. It doesn't have any really complicated design examples like FFT.

The book is all about giving the reader a very solid footing of VHDL so that the reader could reference other much more involved references/ code examples/ IP cores etc..

2) This book will be of very little use if you don't know

basic logic/ digital circuits.

The book explains things like carry lookahead adder clearly but very briefly.

3) I found the problems, examples and chapter very well connected. And the problems were very useful.

Note though that although the solutions to problems are provided only to instructors, you can rely on simulations to check if the your solution is correct.

4) I also think that it helps to have a development board (FPGA/CPLD)to check some of the designs.

All of the above is only my opinion, of course.

And thanks to Dr. Pedroni for sharing some of his expertise so well.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book! 2 Dec. 2005
By Mark John Roman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had a VHDL class where the instructor recommended text was basically a manual for the language. This is fine if you're familiar with the structure of VHDL but not so much learning it for the first time. This book was much better written for a VHDL beginner. It presents everything you need to know to model circuits in vhdl.

I was halfway through my vhdl class and had no idea what was going on. This book cleaned me right up.

Again, what a great book!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, indispensable 24 Feb. 2005
By Mateja Putic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm a fourth year computer engineering student, and I've found this book to be the best reference for VHDL fundamentals in my personal library. What this book offers is a concise reference. It's not very long, but it's very thorough. It's essentially a cookbook; there are lots and lots of examples with clear block logic diagrams which give you an overview of the architecture. In addition, each design has a test bench simulation, which is essential. Of course, each example has the VHDL implementation of the component, each with relevant, helpful comments within the code. There are even more complex examples, such as a vending machine control circuit and neural networks and more. If you're a beginner, the first few chapters will walk you through. If you're an expert, it can be used as reference, made easier by the excellent chapter organization. The appendices also show how to design, simulate, and lay out designs in several popular development software suites. This book is amazing. Do yourself a favor and add it to your library. Buy it now.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book designing FPGAs with VHDL 13 Nov. 2006
By Cougarbob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is laid out by language concept (operators, architecture, etc), but features many fully coded examples to get you started - such as RAM, ROM, adders, counters, shifters, etc. Whether you're beginning VHDL, or haven't coded in a while (which is my case), this book is a great instruction or refresher. Additionally, there are mini tutorials in the back for Altera tools (Quartus II and MaxPlus) as well as the Xilinx ISE & modelsim.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good hardware, bad terminology and VHDL syntax 18 Mar. 2009
By Jim Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I wanted to rate this book a 5 and recommend it in our VHDL classes, however, due to its numerous errors in basic understanding of VHDL, I could not.
Hardware design wise, this book has numerous great examples that will help you understand how to apply VHDL.

Numerous (and far too many) pages have errors on them.
For example, the book claims the 'U' in std_ulogic stands for unresolved and that std_logic does not have a 'U'. In IEEE 1076-2008 (and previously in IEEE 1164 (std_logic_1164), the 'U' is defined to mean undriven and both std_ulogic and std_logic have the same 9 values.

Terminology about many statements is not consistent with how VHDL defines the terminology. If used in a classroom, this type of stuff is easy to correct, however, if you are reading this book to learn VHDL, I would recommend you supplement it with a language book such as Bhasker's or Ashenden's.
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