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Dummy's Guide to FPGA's?

Discussion in 'CAD' started by Mike Rocket J. Squirrel Elliott, Apr 5, 2005.

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  1. Is there such a thing? Suitable for an old guy like me that thinks
    graphically, in terms of gates, and not in terms of code?
     
  2. Leon Heller

    Leon Heller Guest

    "Mike Rocket J. Squirrel Elliott"
    You can use schematic entry with the Xilinx and Altera tools, if you wish.

    Leon
     
  3. And the Dummy's Guide?

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  4. Haven't seen anything - I just lept in and started by drawing
    schematics.

    Altera's design software even lets you use 7474s and 7400s, and other
    TTL-equivalent "parts" when designing for their FPGAs.

    If you study the help documents and sample designs, you'll find that
    some things are easier to do using AHDL or other "programming
    language" than with schematics - and you can mix schematics and AHDL
    in one design.
     
  5. hrh1818

    hrh1818 Guest

    I wouldn't consider it a dummy's guide but "The Design Warrior's Guide
    to FPGAs" by Clive "Max" Maxfield is a good resource for both novice
    and veteran engineers.
     
  6. EN

    EN Guest

    "Mike Rocket J. Squirrel Elliott"
    graphically, in terms of gates, and not in terms of code?

    If you get DesignDirect, made by Lattice, you grab a gate icon
    to the screen and your desiging your FGPA.

    Some reading , if your close to a university, check out the bookstore.
    Here's some books ,

    The Design Warrior's Guide to FPGAs : Devices, Tools and Flows , Author:
    Clive Maxfield

    The Practical Xilinx Designer Lab Book
    by David Van Den Bout

    Xilinx Student Edition (Version 1.3)
    by Xilinx Inc

    Programmable Logic: PLDs and FPGAs
    by Richard C. Seals, G. F. Whapshott

    VHDL Starter's Pack (Book and CD-ROM)
    by Sudhakar Yalamanchili
     
  7. Leon Heller

    Leon Heller Guest

  8. Thanks to all!

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    Mike "Rocket J Squirrel" Elliott
    71 Type 2: the Wonderbus
    84 Westfalia: "Mellow Yellow (The Electrical Banana)"
    KG6RCR
     
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