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

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

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 An


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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.

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