Book Description

The practical guide for every circuit designer creating FPGA designs with Verilog!

Walk through design step-by-step-from coding through silicon. Partitioning, synthesis, simulation, test benches, combinatorial and sequential designs, and more.

Real World FPGA Design with Verilog guides you through every key challenge associated with designing FPGAs and ASICs using Verilog, one of the world's leading hardware design languages. You'll find irreverent, yet rigorous coverage of what it really takes to translate HDL code into hardware-and how to avoid the pitfalls that can occur along the way. Ken Coffman presents no-frills, real-world design techniques that can improve the stability and reliability of virtually any design. Start by walking a typical Verilog design all the way through to silicon; then, review basic Verilog syntax, design; simulation and testing, advanced simulation, and more. Coverage includes:

  • Essential digital design strategies: recognizing the underlying analog building blocks used to create digital primitives; implementing logic with LUTs; clocking strategies, logic minimization, and more

  • Key engineering tradeoffs, including operating speed vs. latency

  • Combinatorial and sequential designs

  • Verilog test fixtures: compiler directives and automated testing

  • A detailed comparison of alternative architectures and software-including a never-before-published FPGA technology selection checklist

  • Real World FPGA Design with Verilog introduces libraries and reusable modules, points out opportunities to reuse your own code, and helps you decide when to purchase existing IP designs instead of building from scratch. Essential rules for designing with ASIC conversion in mind are presented.

    If you're involved with digital hardware design with Verilog, Ken Coffman is a welcome voice of experience-showing you the shortcuts, helping you over the rough spots, and helping you achieve competence faster than you ever expected!

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication Page
    4. Contents
    5. Foreword Notes on the Current State of the Art
    6. Preface Digital Design in the Real World
    7. Acknowledgments and Notes on the Second Printing
    8. Chapter 1 Verilog Design in the Real World
    9. Chapter 2 Digital Design Strategies and Techniques
    10. Chapter 3 A Digital Circuit Toolbox
    11. Chapter 4 More Digital Circuits: Counters, RAMs, and FIFOs
    12. Chapter 5 Verilog Test Fixtures
    13. Chapter 6 Real World Design: Tools, Techniques, and Trade-offs
    14. Chapter 7 A Look at Competing Architectures
    15. Chapter 8 Libraries, Reusable Modules, and IP
    16. Chapter 9 Designing for ASIC Conversion
    17. Afterword—A Look into the Future
    18. Resources
    19. Glossary and Acronyms
    20. Bibliography
    21. Index
    22. The Author