Digital system design with VHDL 2nd edition by Mark Zwolinski

All Year Two students from SEG would probably have a deep impression for the abbreviation VHDL, which appeared at last week’s UT. I believe not everyone knows what VHDL is?

This book that I’m going to recommend to you has 13 chapters, from the introduction to the design and application. VHDL stands for Very High Speed Integrated Circuits Hardware Description Language. In Chapter One which gives an introduction, you will have an overall view for this language, from its history to the application in the digital engineering field.

Before you start to read this book, there are several pages that will teach you how to use this book effectively which you can refer to the pages of the Preface.

There are many tables and graphs in this book which allows you to grasp useful information effectively. An example is the logical gates circuit that is used to connect the K-map and the programme code. In addition, the important points are bold to make it clearer when codes are explained.

Chapter Two is on Combinational logic design and is a review, telling you some principles of Boolean Algebra and how to minimize the Boolean expressions. Besides covering topics that we have learnt like  using of K-map and basic rules to reduce the hardware cost, other topics are included as well, for example, the Hazards. At end of the chapter, there are some exercises which you can practice.

Chapter Six is on VHDL models of sequential logic blocks which will become a little difficult if you don’t have any background on VHDL. However if you have read the previous chapters, this section can enhance your knowledge further. Some examples of combinational building blocks are presented and introduction of various aspects of VHDL are included. You will have a deeper understanding on VHDL after you have finished this chapter.  (From page 115 to page 154).

VHDL is not as difficult as you may image, come to our library to get this book and it will give you more confidence in class.


Location of this book:

Call Number:  TK7868.D5 ZWO 2004

Location:     North

Written by: CHEN CHENG


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