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RTL Hardware Design Using VHDL: Coding for Efficiency, Portability, and Scalability Hardcover – Apr 14 2006


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  • Hardcover: 694 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press; 1 edition (April 14 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471720925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471720928
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 18.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #410,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can now anticipate synthesized output before compiling VHDL code. This book helped me understand internal workings of Quartus Fitter and Timing Analyzer. I must add though that you need some background or experience in VHDL coding prior to reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shred Stylist on Oct. 2 2006
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This is probably the first book I have decided to review. I am a numerical analyst with almost no experience in hardware design and synthesis. Recently, I was introduced to the idea of reconfigurable computing using FPGA and so one of the goal I set myself was to learn VHDL. I borrowed several books from the library and started looking at them. They all seem to be good but my background was probably not good enough. Then I started reading this book and was simply amazed at the style and presentation of the author. With little or no effort I have gone through the first three chapters and there is not a single line where I was doubtful of my understanding. I am completely impressed with the clarity with which the author presents the material in the book. To VHDL or not to VHDL is a different question now, but I have already decided to own my own copy of this book.
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Best book ever for synthesis Dec 16 2008
By Dale E. Kuhn - Published on Amazon.com
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This book focuses on the IEEE 1076.6 VHDL RTL synthesis standard. If you want to do behavioral modeling, look to Peter J. Ashenden's Designer's Guide to VHDL. If you want to make circuits that work. This is your book. VHDL is a complex language that can be used for different purposes. Actual hardware design is only one of these purposes. So if that's what you want to do, get this book that focuses on that particular aspect of the language.

There are plenty of End of Chapter exercises that are challenging but doable. Topics are in depth and good design practices are taught alongside good coding style.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great text for a second course May 1 2011
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
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The world is well populated with books on elementary logic design, Katz's being one of the good ones. Such books present all the basics of hardware logic, registers, computer arithmetic, and maybe a little about a popular hardware description language (HDL), Verilog or VHDL. Then there are the language books that take basic logic concepts and show how to render them in one of the HDLs. Unfortunately, there's not much out there for the student who's mastered the basics, but isn't ready to dive in at the deep end of computer architecture.

Chu's book meets the needs of that advancing student better than any other I know. After introductory chapters that orient the reader and set expectations, Chu dives in with a quick tour of VHDL basics. These 'basics', by the way, cover more detail than some entire texts. The next chapters cover principles and practice of combinational and sequential circuits, state machine design, register transfer level (RTL) design, and hierarchical design, with emphasis throughout on timing and efficient design. For example, sharing of functional units comes up as a topic in itself, something that arises in practice but rarely in the classroom. Toward the end, Chu presents the best discussion of parameterized design I've seen, including fairly advanced use of 'generate' statements and VHDL's alternative architectures. The last chapter covers design considerations for clock distribution and for crossing between clock domains, topics that arise in every non-trivial design and that continue to cause problems for designers.

This book covers its topics better than any other I know. The beginning logic designer's first course has been well covered, and (except for use of HDLs) hasn't changed all that much since about 1980. The digital world has changed dramatically, though, and this book does a great job starting where other texts leave off.

- wiredweird
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Great content within, but physically poorly made. May 30 2012
By snocyclist - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book and gained a fairly robust knowledge of VHDL from it, though I do wish they would consolidate more tables of information, perhaps in an appendix in the back.

However, I just thought I would note that this book is really poorly bound. I have yet to hear of one where the binding wasn't falling apart, amongst my classmates and others. I know this isn't a game-changing factor, but thought it was worth mentioning.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great RTL design book March 19 2012
By W. Toner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a textbook for a university course I'm taking now. I have some background in integration and verification with Verilog from work, but little RTL design. I'd taken a VHDL course way back in my undergrad days and really not liked it at the time, partly due to the terrible textbook way back then. This book is great for learning the VHDL language in a practical usage way. The author doesn't seem to dwell on all possibilities of the language, his focus seems to be on current recommended methods of doing things, and has lots of examples. We have an FPGA based project due most every week, and I'm finding that most of the problems I struggle with at first are discussed in this book, and get me going. I really enjoy the presentation, and I feel that I will be a much better Verilog designer as well. I just wish that, like some of his other books, there was a Verilog equivalent of this book.
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Best VHDL book that I read so far. Feb. 10 2012
By orangefig - Published on Amazon.com
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I started and gave up on few other VHDL texts. This is the best one I have read so far. Chu teaches synthesizable VHDL and digital design at the same time. He has hundreds of small but useful circuit examples that I can imagine using as a template in other designs. You will not find anything specific about FPGAs, Altera, Xilinx etc in this book.

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