The System Designer's Guide to VHDL-AMS - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781558607491, 9780080518367

The System Designer's Guide to VHDL-AMS, Volume TBD

1st Edition

Analog, Mixed-Signal, and Mixed-Technology Modeling

Authors: Peter Ashenden Gregory Peterson Darrell Teegarden
Paperback ISBN: 9781558607491
eBook ISBN: 9780080518367
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 4th September 2002
Page Count: 880
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Table of Contents

1 Fundamental Concepts 2 Scalar Data Types, Natures and Operations 3 Sequential Statements 4 Composite Data Types and Operations 5 Digital Modeling Constructs 6 Analog Modeling Constructs 7 Design Processing 8 Case Study 1: Mixed-Signal Focus 9 Subprograms 10 Packages and Use Clauses 11 Aliases 12 Generic Constants 13 Frequency and Transfer Function Modeling 14 Case Study 2: Mixed-Technology Focus 15 Resolved Signals 16 Components and Configurations 17 Generate Statements 18 Case Study 3: DC-DC Power Converter 19 Guards and Blocks 21 Files and Input/Output 22 Attributes and Groups 23 Case Study 4: Communication System 24 Miscellaneous Topics 25 Integrated System Modeling 26 Case Study 5: RC Airplane System A Using SPICE Models in VHDL-AMS B The Predefined Package Standard C IEEE Standard Packages D Related Standards E VHDL-AMS Syntax F Answers to Exercises G CD-ROM Guide References Index


The demand is exploding for complete, integrated systems that sense, process, manipulate, and control complex entities such as sound, images, text, motion, and environmental conditions. These systems, from hand-held devices to automotive sub-systems to aerospace vehicles, employ electronics to manage and adapt to a world that is, predominantly, neither digital nor electronic.

To respond to this design challenge, the industry has developed and standardized VHDL-AMS, a unified design language for modeling digital, analog, mixed-signal, and mixed-technology systems. VHDL-AMS extends VHDL to bring the successful HDL modeling methodology of digital electronic systems design to these new design disciplines.

Gregory Peterson and Darrell Teegarden join best-selling author Peter Ashenden in teaching designers how to use VHDL-AMS to model these complex systems. This comprehensive tutorial and reference provides detailed descriptions of both the syntax and semantics of the language and of successful modeling techniques. It assumes no previous knowledge of VHDL, but instead teaches VHDL and VHDL-AMS in an integrated fashion, just as it would be used by designers of these complex, integrated systems.

Key Features

  • Explores the design of an electric-powered, unmanned aerial vehicle system (UAV) in five separate case studies to illustrate mixed-signal, mixed-technology, power systems, communication systems, and full system modeling.


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"I have used an early version of this book in a new course on modeling and simulation. I have found it to be an excellent reference for the students, and the case studies are extremely helpful in illustrating system level concepts." --Alan Mantooth, The University of Arkansas "Practicing engineers who need to understand the language but don't want the pain of deciphering the language reference manual will find this book very useful and appealing. The book provides a set of strong exercises with which a professor may teach and test undergraduate students. My belief is that any credible school who is preparing their students to work in the world today will offer such courses." --Steve Drager "This book is a thorough and detailed introduction to the standard language for mixed-signal design, VHDL-AMS. The tutorial nature of the book, with its step-by-step case studies, makes it an invaluable tool for both students and practicing engineers who need to make effective use of VHDL-AMS in their daily work." --Peter Wilson, University of Southampton, UK

About the Authors

Peter Ashenden Author

Peter J. Ashenden received his B.Sc.(Hons) and Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He was previously a senior lecturer in computer science and is now a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. His research interests are computer organization and electronic design automation. Dr. Ashenden is also an independent consultant specializing in electronic design automation (EDA). He is actively involved in IEEE working groups developing VHDL standards, is the author of The Designer's Guide to VHDL and The Student's Guide to VHDL and co-editor of the Morgan Kaufmann series, Systems on Silicon. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide, Australia

Gregory Peterson Author

Gregory D. Peterson is an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Tennessee. Previously, he was the chief technical officer at FTL Systems, a VHDL-AMS tool vendor, as well as a captain at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Dr. Peterson was the program manager for the VHDL-AMS language reference manual development contract, a participant in the VHDL-AMS standardization activities, and chair of the Accellera Users' Group targeting VHDL-AMS and related HDL technologies. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Tennessee

Darrell Teegarden Author

Darrell A. Teegarden has over fifteen years of experience in development of HDL-based models and software tools. His work includes contributions using the MAST(r) modeling language as well as development of VHDL-AMS models and simulation tools. He was principal investigator for a DARPA funded VHDL-AMS project (composite CAD program, focused at MEMS design and analysis). He currently manages VHDL-AMS related tool development for board and system analysis at Mentor Graphics Corporation in Wilsonville, Oregon. Darrell is an IEEE member and holds a B.S., Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and an M.S., Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mentor Graphics Corporation