Rapid System Prototyping with FPGAs

Rapid System Prototyping with FPGAs

Accelerating the Design Process

1st Edition - September 20, 2005

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  • Authors: R. C. Cofer, Benjamin Harding
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080457376

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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

  • Dedication


    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?

    8.5 Hierarchical Design and Simulation

    8.6 Common Simulation Mistakes and Tips

    8.7 Summary

    Chapter 9: Design Constraints and Optimization

    9.1 Overview

    9.2 Design Constraint Management

    9.3 Design Optimization

    9.4 Summary

    Chapter 10: Configuration

    10.1 Overview

    10.2 On-Board Device Configuration

    10.3 Configuration Cable Interface

    10.4 JTAG Standard

    10.5 Design Security

    10.6 Summary

    Chapter 11: Board-Level Testing

    11.1 Overview

    11.2 Design Debug Checklist

    11.3 Summary

    Chapter 12: Advanced Topics Introduction

    12.1 Overview

    12.2 Reduced Power Consumption

    12.3 Volume Production Options

    12.4 Summary

    Chapter 13: Cores and Intellectual Property

    13.1 Overview

    13.2 Types of IP

    13.3 Categories of IP

    13.4 Trade Studies

    13.5 Make versus Buy?

    13.6 IP Implementation/Tools

    13.7 IP Testing/Debug

    13.8 Summary

    Chapter 14: Embedded Processing Cores

    14.1 Overview

    14.2 FPGA Embedded Processor Types

    14.3 FPGA Processor Use Considerations

    14.4 System Design Considerations

    14.5 FPGA Embedded Processor Concept Example

    14.6 FPGA Embedded Processor Design Checklist

    14.7 Summary

    Chapter 15: Digital Signal Processing

    15.1 Overview

    15.2 Basic DSP System

    15.3 Essential DSP Terms

    15.4 DSP Architectures

    15.5 Parallel Execution in DSP Components

    15.6 Parallel Execution in FPGA

    15.7 When to Use FPGAs for DSP

    15.8 FPGA DSP Design Considerations

    15.9 FIR Filter Concept Example

    15.10 Summary

    Chapter 16: Advanced Interconnect

    16.1 Overview

    16.2 Interconnection Categories

    16.3 Advanced I/O Interface Challenges

    16.4 Implementing an Advanced Parallel I/O Interface

    16.5 Implementing an Advanced Serial I/O Interface

    16.6 Summary

    Chapter 17: Bringing It All Together

    17.1 System Overview

    17.2 Requirements Phase

    17.3 Architectural Phase

    17.4 Implementation Phase

    17.5 Verification Phase

    17.6 Prototype Delivery

    17.7 Summary

    Appendix A: Rapid System Prototyping Technical References

    Appendix B: Design Phases

    Abbreviations and Acronyms


Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2005
  • Published: September 20, 2005
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080457376

About the Authors

R. C. Cofer

RC Cofer has 30 years of embedded design experience including real-time DSP algorithm development high-speed hardware, ASIC and FPGA design, systems engineering and project management. His technical focus is on system-level design, FPGA-based systems, high-performance hardware and signal processing. He has been educating engineers on FPGA related topics for the 17 years. RC holds an MSEE from the University of Florida and a BSEE from Florida Tech.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Benjamin Harding

Ben Harding has a BSEE from the University of Alabama with post graduate studies in digital signal processing, control theory, parallel processing and robotics. Ben has held leadership and design roles in a wide range of design and research projects. He has over 20 years of extensive embedded system design experience. His hardware design experience includes high-speed design with DSPs, network processors and programmable logic. Ben also has embedded software development experience in a broad range of areas including voice and signal processing algorithm development and board-support package development for numerous real-time operating systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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