What book should I get to learn VHDL? 
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 What book should I get to learn VHDL?

Would some people be kind enough to give me some advice
on what would be a good book that I could use to learn VHDL?

My programming background:
        I know fortran and a little Pascal, do not know C.
        I know some SFL, a Japanese HDL.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Fri, 12 Sep 1997 08:51:36 GMT  
 What book should I get to learn VHDL?

Quote:
> > Would some people be kind enough to give me some advice  
> > on what would be a good book that I could use to learn VHDL?

> > My programming background:
> >       I know FORTRAN and a little Pascal, do not know C.
> >       I know some SFL, a Japanese HDL.

> > Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Quote:
> If you have access to Synopsys' design analyzer, have a look at the VHDL
> Compiler Reference Manual (part of the synthesis documentation). It provides
> a very structured overview of VHDL, with a lot of examples.

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Hi all,

Although VHDL used normally for synthesize, I want to advise to learn VHDL

Quote:
>>independently<< of synthesize and synthesize tools.

VHDL is a Hardware Description language, and synthesizing is only one task

which uses VHDL as input, and for learning it, it is not acceptable that

you limit yourself in synthesize area.

Besides, VHDL synthesize technology is now growing, and soon or late, you

need to learn all of VHDL, what is today synthesizable and what is not yet.

(yes, I know that some part of VHDL is principlly not synthesizable).

I want to say the people , who learned VHDL only for synthesizing, that some part

of VHDL are much more important than what they already learned, like:

        Guarded Blocks and Disconnection
        Resolution Functions
        Configuration Specification
        (register and bus declaration of signals)
        (Alias)

So, I would recommand "Learn VHDL as VHDL, not as SYNOPSYS's HDL"

As a very good book, I suggest "VHDL" by Zainalabedin Navabi (McGrawHill)

-mrm



Tue, 16 Sep 1997 03:00:00 GMT  
 What book should I get to learn VHDL?

Quote:

>Would some people be kind enough to give me some advice  
>on what would be a good book that I could use to learn VHDL?

>My programming background:
>    I know FORTRAN and a little Pascal, do not know C.
>    I know some SFL, a Japanese HDL.

>Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Hi,

I think that

A GUIDE TO VHDL by Stanley Mazor and Patricia Langstraat
(KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS ISBN 0-7923-9387-2) is a good
book to learn VHDL.

Vincent Rowley

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Vincent Rowley                      Laboratoire de Vision et
                                    Systemes Numeriques
                                    Universite Laval
                                    Cite Universitaire
                                    Quebec, Canada

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Tue, 16 Sep 1997 03:00:00 GMT  
 What book should I get to learn VHDL?

Quote:

> Would some people be kind enough to give me some advice  
> on what would be a good book that I could use to learn VHDL?
> My programming background:
>    I know FORTRAN and a little Pascal, do not know C.
>    I know some SFL, a Japanese HDL.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.

For a complete description of VHDL, read
* IEEE Standard VHDL Language Reference Manual, IEEE Std 1076-1987

This is the official VHDL manual, not a learner's textbook. You definitely
need to know something about programming languages to understand this.

Easier to use is
* VHDL. Douglas L. Perry. McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1991.

If you have access to Synopsys' design analyzer, have a look at the VHDL
Compiler Reference Manual (part of the synthesis documentation). It provides
a very structured overview of VHDL, with a lot of examples.

hope this helps!

Marnix.
--

I  Faculty of Electrical Engineering,  Delft University of Technology        I
I  "The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives       I
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Tue, 16 Sep 1997 03:00:00 GMT  
 What book should I get to learn VHDL?

Quote:

>> Would some people be kind enough to give me some advice  
>> on what would be a good book that I could use to learn VHDL?
>> My programming background:
>>       I know FORTRAN and a little Pascal, do not know C.
>>       I know some SFL, a Japanese HDL.
>> Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Paul,
    I was  in the same predicament about 6 months ago.  STAY AWAY  from
Navabi's book if you're a beginner.  No offense to the author,  but as a
VHDL Newbie, he confused the daylights out of me! It makes sense now,
with some experience under my belt,  but he jumps around too much and doesn't
build upon the basic principles  in any logical sort of progression and leaves
the new reader confused.


Mon, 22 Sep 1997 03:00:00 GMT  
 What book should I get to learn VHDL?
Hi again Paul


Mon, 22 Sep 1997 03:00:00 GMT  
 What book should I get to learn VHDL?

Hi again Paul
      Sorry, for the screwed up posts, there was a problem with my PC.  (Nut
loose at the keyboard)
     Anyway,  the best book I've found, with about $350.00 of my company's
money spent is:  

                             VHDL   by Douglas Perry.     2nd Edition
                              McGraw Hill, 1994.   approx. $50.00
                              ISBN 0-07-049434-7

The first edition was quickly rewritten to correct a lot of errors, so avoid
it.
     He writes it  logically, teaching a basic foundation before
trying to do any advanced stuff.  He's also up to date on IEEE 1164 standard.
Read Perry first, then go to Navabi.

                                     Walt P.



Mon, 22 Sep 1997 03:00:00 GMT  
 
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