Литература для продвинутых HDL-программеров

Литература для продвинутых HDL-программеров

Сообщение Соратник слонопотама » 21 июл 2008, 17:16

Steve Kilts. Advanced FPGA Design: Architecture, Implementation, and Optimization. Wiley-IEEE Press, 2007

Отличная книжка c ярко выраженной практической направленностью. Рекомендую тем, кто хочет научиться делать нечто большее, чем зажигать светодиоды. Рассчитана на читателя, знакомого с Verilog. На английском. Всего $80 на http://www.amazon.com

Background on the book:

After having been exposed to a wide variety of designs in a wide range of industries, I began developing my own arsenal of techniques and heuristics from the combined knowledge of these experiences. When mentoring new FPGA design engineers, I draw my suggestions and recommendations from this experience. Up until now, many of these recommendations have referenced specific white papers and application notes (appnotes) that discuss specific practical aspects of FPGA design. The purpose of this book is to condense years of experience spread across numerous companies and teams of engineers, as well as much of the wisdom gathered from technology-specific white papers and appnotes, into a single book that can be used to refine a designer's knowledge and aid in becoming an advanced FPGA designer.

There are a number of books on FPGA design, but few of these truly address advanced real-world topics in detail. This book attempts to cut out the fat of unnecessary theory, speculation on future technologies, and the details of outdated technologies. It is written in a terse, concise format that addresses the various topics without wasting the reader's time. Many sections in this book assume that certain fundamentals are understood, and for the sake of brevity, background information and/or theoretical frameworks are not always covered in detail. Instead, this book covers in-depth topics that have been encountered in real-world designs. In some ways, this book replaces a limited amount of industry experience and access to an experienced mentor and will hopefully prevent the reader from learning a few things the hard way. It is the advanced, practical approach that makes this book unique.

One thing to note about this book is that it will not flow from cover to cover like a novel. For a set of advanced topics that are not intrinsically tied to one another, this type of flow is impossible without blatantly filling it with fluff. Instead, to organize this book, I have ordered the chapters in such a way that they follow a typical design flow. The first chapters discuss architecture, then simulation, then synthesis, then floorplanning, and so on. This is illustrated in the Flowchart of Contents provided at the beginning of the book. To provide accessibility for future reference, the chapters are listed side-by-side with the relevant block in the flow diagram. The remaining chapters in this book are heavy with examples. For brevity, I have selected Verilog as the default HDL (Hardware Description Language). Xilinx as the default FPGA vendor, and Synplicity as the default synthesis and floorplanning tool. Most of the topics covered in this book can easily be mapped to VHDL, Altera, Mentor Graphics, and so forth, but to include all of these for completeness would only serve to cloud the important points. Even if the reader of this book uses these other technologies, this book will still deliver its value. If you have any feedback, good or bad, feel free to email me at the address listed in the preface.
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