The Design Warrior's Guide to FPGAs

The Design Warrior's Guide to FPGAs

Devices, Tools and Flows

1st Edition - April 12, 2004

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  • Author: Clive Maxfield
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750676045
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080477138

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Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are devices that provide a fast, low-cost way for embedded system designers to customize products and deliver new versions with upgraded features, because they can handle very complicated functions, and be reconfigured an infinite number of times. In addition to introducing the various architectural features available in the latest generation of FPGAs, The Design Warrior’s Guide to FPGAs also covers different design tools and flows.This book covers information ranging from schematic-driven entry, through traditional HDL/RTL-based simulation and logic synthesis, all the way up to the current state-of-the-art in pure C/C++ design capture and synthesis technology. Also discussed are specialist areas such as mixed hardward/software and DSP-based design flows, along with innovative new devices such as field programmable node arrays (FPNAs). Clive "Max" Maxfield is a bestselling author and engineer with a large following in the electronic design automation (EDA)and embedded systems industry. In this comprehensive book, he covers all the issues of interest to designers working with, or contemplating a move to, FPGAs in their product designs. While other books cover fragments of FPGA technology or applications this is the first to focus exclusively and comprehensively on FPGA use for embedded systems.

Key Features

  • First book to focus exclusively and comprehensively on FPGA use in embedded designs
  • World-renowned best-selling author
  • Will help engineers get familiar and succeed with this new technology by providing much-needed advice on choosing the right FPGA for any design project


Electronics design engineers and engineering managers, ASIC Designers moving to FPGAs, electrical and computer engineering students, sales and marketing professionals in the electronic design arena

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Fundamental Concepts
    3. The Origin of FPGAs
    4. Alternative FPGA Architectures
    5. Programming (Configuring) an FPGA
    6. Who Are All the Players?
    7. FPGA Versus ASIC Design Styles
    8. Schematic-Based Design Flows
    9. HDL-Based Design Flows
    10. Silicon Virtual Prototyping for FPGAs
    11. C/C++ etc, - Based Design Flows
    12. DSP- Based Design Flows
    13. Embedded Processor-Based Design Flows
    14. Modular and Incremental Design
    15. High-Speed Design and Other PCB Considerations
    16. Observing Internal Nodes in an FPGA
    17. Intellectual Property
    18. Migrating ASIC Designs to FPGAs and Vice Versa
    19. Simulation, Synthesis, Verification, etc. Design Tools
    20. Choosing the Right Device
    21. Gigabit Transceivers
    22. Reconfigurable Computing
    23. Field-Programmable Node Arrays
    24. Independent Design Tools
    25. Creating an Open-Source Based Design Flow
    26. Future FPGA Developments
    Appendix A: Signal Integrity 101
    Appendix B: Deep-Submicron Delay Effects 101
    Appendix C: Linear Feedback Shift Registers 101
    About the Author

Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2004
  • Published: April 12, 2004
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750676045
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080477138

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

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