Hardcover: 408 pages
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (August 11, 2010)
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This book is built around a novel concept. In white pages the authors present concepts and materials that are likely to be true for several years to come. In grey pages they present material more focused on specific tools, operating systems, and a Xilinx FPGA. This should extend the shelf life of the book, making it easier for profs to tell their classes what to read & skip.In the book the authors cover a sweeping array of topics, presenting real-world issues that are often not encountered in logic design and computer architecture books. Principles of system design, partitioning, speedup thru hardware, all of these topics and more are addressed. This makes the book useful for a senior level class so that students have some understanding of these important issues before they enter the workforce.The book also give an introduction to how to configure and use the Xilinx Virtex 5 family of FPGAs. It has quite detailed instructions on how to set up the Xilinx evaluation board and configure the part. It culminates in a simple design example of a simple adder interfacing to a CPU core. I wish the example had been a bit more involved, including accessing data from an external device and then performing a computation since this is a more likely real-world scenario.In order to get the most out of this book I think students would need to have already completed a programming class, a digital design class, and a computer architecture class. The high level concepts introduced in the book are important for students to learn, but on the flip side the more limited presentation of the Xilinx FPGA specific topics doesn't provide enough detail for the practicing engineer to read the book and then be able to design systems taking full advantage of the FPGA family.
When I was in school for electrical engineering, my selected option was computer architecture. One of the main concentrations included programmable logic devices or PLD's back then in the 80's. We had a crude DOS based program called CUPL that took logical statements that had been reduced, did some further reduction on them, and then created a logical burn pattern. It automatically selected a chip size and configuration from a series of existing burn once chips. Then printed out a crude ascii art diagram of the chip selected. The goal then was more keeping the logic simple and small enough to fit on an economical chip. The logic was designed in advance, and it did not change without a redesign of the system to fix or change the function.For those of you that don't get the idea on how these chips work, the real design is simple, but the variations and kinds of storage are flexible. Since everything in the digital world breaks down to one or zero, on or off, there or not, up or down, 12V, or ZVR, etc. etc., you have only to represent the underlying logic of your system in this manner. Simple logic like AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, XOR, etc. can be represented by a simple combination of a few transistors where if the inputs match the logic the current flows. Inside the chip there are mechanisms where inputs in a large, or even massive array of these transistors can be changed to represent logic. In burn once chips, this meant a series of fuses are burned (blown) internally so that what's left to conduct the current is only the inputs and outputs that represent the logic. Once burned that can't change.However, other methods imprinting the logic pattern were not so final, some could temporarily remove the inputs, and UV light would restore them.
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