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  • FPGA-based logic design, in depth–Presents a comprehensive description of FPGA-based logic design, including a state-of-the-art register-transfer methodology for structuring digital designs.
    • Helps students learn both the “how” and “why” of FPGA-based logic design.

  • Essential VLSI guidance for FPGA designers–Covers everything FPGA designers need to know about VLSI, including fabrication, circuits, interconnect characteristics, and more.
    • Helps students leverage the full power of FPGAs while mitigating the limitations that VLSI imposes.

  • HDL-based logic design–Makes use of modern HDL design techniques with both Verilog and VHDL, and introduces contemporary tools for optimizing logic and sequential machine designs.
    • Gives students exposure to the powerful tools they will use in real-world FPGA design.

  • Advanced FPGA coverage–Detailed introduction to platform-based and multi-FPGA systems.
    • Helps students build the advanced FPGA systems that are rapidly becoming more widespread and popular.

  • Practical guidance on tradeoffs–Shows how to design to optimize speed, size, and/or power.
    • Helps students manage the difficult tradeoffs they will encounter in designing real FPGA systems.

  • Detailed DSP case study–Includes a start-to-finish case study that touches on a wide range of design problems.
    • Gives students hands-on practice with the types of design issues they will face.

  • Web-based faculty resources–Companion Web site provides overheads, lab exercises, and more.
    • Students benefit from the well-tested and authoritative course materials that are available to their instructors.


  • Copyright 2004
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-703348-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-703348-5

Everything FPGA designers need to know about FPGAs and VLSI

Digital designs once built in custom silicon are increasingly implemented in field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Effective FPGA system design requires a strong understanding of VLSI issues and constraints, and an understanding of the latest FPGA-specific techniques. In this book, Princeton University's Wayne Wolf covers everything FPGA designers need to know about all these topics: both the "how" and the "why."

Wolf begins by introducing the essentials of VLSI: fabrication, circuits, interconnects, combinational and sequential logic design, system architectures, and more. Next, he demonstrates how to reflect this VLSI knowledge in a state-of-the-art design methodology that leverages FPGA's most valuable characteristics while mitigating its limitations. Coverage includes:

  • How VLSI characteristics affect FPGAs and FPGA-based logic design
  • How classical logic design techniques relate to FPGA-based logic design
  • Understanding FPGA fabrics: the basic programmable structures of FPGAs
  • Specifying and optimizing logic to address size, speed, and power consumption
  • Verilog, VHDL, and software tools for optimizing logic and designs
  • The structure of large digital systems, including register-transfer design methodology
  • Building large-scale platform and multi-FPGA systems
  • A start-to-finish DSP case study addressing a wide range of design problems


Professional Technical Reference

Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458


ISBN: 0-13-142461-0

Sample Content

Table of Contents


1. FPGA-Based Systems.

Introduction. Basic Concepts. Digital Design and FPGAs. FPGA-Based System Design. Summary. Problems.

2. VLSI Technology.

Introduction. Manufacturing Processes. Transistor Characteristics. CMOS Logic Gates. Wires. Registers and RAM. Packages and Pads. Summary. Problems.

3. FPGA Fabrics.

Introduction. FPGA Architectures. SRAM-Based FPGAs. Permanently Programmed FPGAs. Chip I/O. Circuit Design of FPGA Fabrics. Architecture of FPGA Fabrics. Summary. Problems.

4. Combinational Logic.

Introduction. The Logic Design Process. Hardware Description Languages. Combinational Network Delay. Power and Energy Optimization. Arithmetic Logic. Logic Implementation for FPGAs. Physical Design for FPGAs. The Logic Design Process Revisited. Summary. Problems.

5. Sequential Machines.

Introduction. The Sequential Machine Design Process. Sequential Design Styles. Rules for Clocking. Performance Analysis. Power Optimization. Summary. Problems.

6. Architecture.

Introduction. Behavioral Design. Design Methodologies. Design Example. Summary. Problems.

7. Large-Scale Systems.

Introduction. Busses. Platform FPGAs. Multi-FPGA Systems. Novel Architectures. Summary. Problems.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Hardware Description Languages.

Introduction. Verilog. VHDL.




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