Chu (Cleveland State University) has written several volumes covering Verilog and VHDL, the two major hardware definition languages used in the design of smaller digital systems. The volume reviewed here is an introduction to Verilog only. The book assumes that the student is already familiar with basic digital circuits. After an introductory section, the remainder of the work consists of worked examples that should be quite easily understood by students. Each chapter ends with suggested exercises that build directly on the examples from that chapter. There are sections that are specific to Xilinx Spartan FPGAs and in some cases, specific to the Digilent S3 prototyping board. A course that uses different hardware would need to provide supplementary material before using this book as a resource. Chu writes in a pedagogically sound manner and includes good coverage of the Verilog language, with nice attention to the differences between the 1995 and 2001 versions of the language. The volume suffers from some sloppy editing (e.g., a reference to VHDL instead of Verilog in one place, an incorrect timing parameter value in the appendix, miscellaneous typos) and a very skimpy index. Summing Up
: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. -- C. Vickery, Queens College of CUNY
From the Back Cover
A hands-on introduction to Verilog synthesis and FPGAprototyping
Hardware Descriptive Language (HDL) and Field-Programmable GateArray (FPGA) devices allow designers to quickly develop andsimulate a sophisticated digital circuit, realize it on aprototyping device, and verify the operation of its physicalimplementation. As these technologies have matured and becomemainstream practice, it is now possible to use a PC and aninexpensive FPGA prototyping board to construct a complex digitalsystem.
This book utilizes a "learn by doing" approach to introduce theconcepts and techniques of Verilog and FPGA to designers through aseries of hands-on experiments. FPGA Prototyping by VerilogExamples provides:
A collection of clear, easy-to-follow templates for quick codedevelopment
A large number of practical examples to illustrate and reinforcethe concepts and design techniques
Realistic projects that can be implemented and tested on aXilinx prototyping board
A thorough exploration of the Xilinx PicoBlaze soft-coremicrocontroller
Although the book is an introductory text, the examples aredeveloped in a rigorous manner and the derivations follow strictdesign guidelines and coding practices used for large, complexsystems. It lays a solid foundation for students and new engineersand prepares them for future development tasks. FPGA Prototypingby Verilog Examples is an indispensable companion text fordigital design courses and also serves as a valuable self-teachingguide for practicing engineers who wish to learn more about thisemerging area of interest.