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FPGAs: Instant Access - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750689748, 9780080560113

FPGAs: Instant Access

1st Edition

Author: Clive Maxfield
Paperback ISBN: 9780750689748
eBook ISBN: 9780080560113
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 28th July 2008
Page Count: 216
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 The Fundamentals FPGA Definitions Why Use FPGAs? Applications Some Technology Background

CHAPTER 2 FPGA Architectures Definitions More on Programming Technologies Fine-, Medium-, and Coarse-grained Architectures Logic Blocks Fast Carry Chains Embedded RAMs Embedded Multipliers, Adders, etc. Embedded Processor Cores Clock Managers General-purpose I/O Gigabit Transceivers Intellectual Property (IP) System Gates vs. Real Gates

CHAPTER 3 Programming (Configuring) an FPGA Definitions Configuration Cells Antifuse-based FPGAs SRAM-based FPGAs Using the Configuration Port Using the JTAG Port Using an Embedded Processor

CHAPTER 4 FPGA vs. ASIC Designs Definitions Coding Styles Pipelining and Levels of Logic Asynchronous Design Practices Clock Considerations Register and Latch Considerations Resource Sharing State Machine Encoding Test Methodologies Migrating ASIC Designs to FPGAs and Vice Versa

CHAPTER 5 “Traditional” Design Flows Definitions Schematic-based Design Flows HDL-based Design Flows

CHAPTER 6 Other Design Flows Definitions C/C++-based Design Flows DSP-based Design Flows Embedded-processor-based Design Flows

CHAPTER 7 Using Design Tools Definitions Simulation Synthesis Timing Analysis Verification in general Formal verification Miscellaneous

CHAPTER 8 Choosing the Right Device Definitions Choosing Technology Basic Resources and Packaging General-purpose I/O Interfaces Embedded Multipliers, RAMs, etc. Embedded Processor Cores Gigabit I/O Capabilities IP Availability Speed Grades Future FPGA Developments Summary


FPGAs are central to electronic design! The engineers designing these devices are in need of essential information at a moment's notice. The Instant Access Series provides all the critical content that a computer design engineer needs in his or her daily work.

This book provides an introduction to FPGAs as well as succinct overviews of fundamental concepts and basic programming. FPGAs are a customizable chip flexible enough to be deployed in a wide range of products and applications. There are several basic design flows detailed including ones based in C/C++, DSP, and HDL. This book is filled with images, figures, tables, and easy to find tips and tricks for the engineer that needs material fast to complete projects to deadline.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 The Fundamentals CHAPTER 2 FPGA Architectures CHAPTER 3 Programming (Configuring) an FPGA CHAPTER 4 FPGA vs. ASIC Designs CHAPTER 5 “Traditional” Design Flows CHAPTER 6 Other Design Flows CHAPTER 7 Using Design Tools CHAPTER 8 Choosing the Right Device

Key Features

*Tips and tricks feature that will help engineers get info fast and move on to the next issue *Easily searchable content complete with tabs, chapter table of contents, bulleted lists, and boxed features *Just the essentials, no need to page through material not needed for the current project


Circuit Designers, Applications Engineers, Software and Hardware Engineers; Computer Engineers


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About the Author

Clive Maxfield

Clive "Max" Maxfield received a BS in Control Engineering from Sheffield Polytechnic, England in 1980. He began his career as a mainframe CPU designer for International Computers Limited (ICL) in Manchester, England. Max now finds himself a member of the technical staff (MTS) at Intergraph Electronics, Huntsville, Alabama. Max is the author of dozens of articles and papers appearing in magazines and at technical conferences around the world. Max's main area of interest are currently focused in the analog, digital, and mixed-signal simulation of integrated circuits and multichip modules.

Affiliations and Expertise

Engineer, TechBytes, and Editor of EDA industry consultant, EDN columnist, and Embedded Systems Guru