The push to move products to market as quickly and cheaply as possible is fiercer than ever, and accordingly, engineers are always looking for new ways to provide their companies with the edge over the competition. Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), which are faster, denser, and more cost-effective than traditional programmable logic devices (PLDs), are quickly becoming one of the most widespread tools that embedded engineers can utilize in order to gain that needed edge. FPGAs are especially popular for prototyping designs, due to their superior speed and efficiency.

This book hones in on that rapid prototyping aspect of FPGA use, showing designers exactly how they can cut time off production cycles and save their companies money drained by costly mistakes, via prototyping designs with FPGAs first. Reading it will take a designer with a basic knowledge of implementing FPGAs to the “next-level” of FPGA use because unlike broad beginner books on FPGAs, this book presents the required design skills in a focused, practical, example-oriented manner.

Key Features

  • In-the-trenches expert authors assure the most applicable advice to practicing engineers
  • Dual focus on successfully making critical decisions and avoiding common pitfalls appeals to engineers pressured for speed and perfection
  • Hardware and software are both covered, in order to address the growing trend toward "cross-pollination" of engineering expertise


Embedded Design Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Computer Engineers, Software Engineers , System Engineers, Project Managers. Seniors and post-graduate level electrical and computer engineering students

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1 FPGA Rapid Design Implementation Potential

1.2 Rapidly Evolving Technology Field

1.3 Design Skill Set Crossover

1.4 Hardware Knowledge for Software/Firmware Designers

1.5 Software Knowledge for Hardware Designers

1.6 When FPGA Technology May Not Be an Ideal Fit

1.7 When FPGAs Technology May Be Appropriate

1.8 Summary

Chapter 2: FPGA Fundamentals

2.1 Overview

2.2 SRAM-Based FPGA Architecture

2.3 Advanced FPGA Features

2.4 Summary

Chapter 3: Optimizing the Development Cycle

3.1 Overview

3.2 FPGA Design Flow

3.3 Summary

Chapter 4: System Engineering

4.1 Overview

4.2 Common Design Challenges and Mistakes

4.3 Defined FPGA Design Process

4.4 Project Engineering and Management

4.5 Training

4.6 Support

4.7 Design Configuration Management

4.8 Summary

Chapter 5: FPGA Device-Level Design Decisions

5.1 Overview

5.2 FPGA Selection Categories

5.3 Design Decisions

5.4 Device Selection Checklist

5.5 Summary

Chapter 6: Board-Level Design Decisions and Allocation

6.1 Overview

6.2 Packaging

6.3 BGA Component Considerations

6.4 I/O Assignment Iteration

6.5 FPGA Device Schematic Symbol Generation

6.6 Thermal

6.7 Board Layout

6.8 Signal Integrity

6.9 Power

6.10 Summary

Chapter 7: Design Implementation

7.1 Overview

7.2 Design Architecture

7.3 Design Entry

7.4 RTL

7.5 Synthesis

7.6 Place and Route

7.7 Summary

Chapter 8: Design Simulation

8.1 Overview

8.2 Stages of Simulation

8.3 Types of Simulation Files

8.4 How Much Simulation?



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About the authors

RC Cofer

Affiliations and Expertise

Field Engineer and On-Site Training Specialist, Avnet Corporation, FL, USA

Benjamin Harding

Affiliations and Expertise

Field Engineer and On-Site Training Specialist, Avnet Corp., Florida, USA