- Hardcover: 375 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press (August 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262162245
- ISBN-13: 978-0262162241
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
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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 does not detail higher level VHDL issues that are commonly encountered. It is a great book for understanding the concepts and ideas of Hardware Description Languages in general. It would serve as a poor reference manual for anyone with prior VHDL experience.
I can definetly suggest this book for beginner who wants to learn syntax of VHDL and how to use that in the mini vhdl code examples. It is also good for the people who knows VHDL but want some reference in case they forgot some syntax or methods.
The second part of the book discusses other important features of the design aspects using VHDL such as components, functions, and procedures. The book is intended for computer and electrical engineering students and practicing engineers. See alsoDigital Electronics and Design with VHDL
If you're new, it might help to buy "VHDL for Programmable Logic by Kevin Skahill" along with this book. I read through Skahill's book first which gave me a better idea of what's going on under the hood in VHDL. However, I quickly out grew Skahill's book and came running back to Pedroni. Flat out, this is the best VHDL book out there.
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.
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