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Info on PLD's (FPGA and CPLD)

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Richard, Dec 25, 2003.

  1. Richard

    Richard Guest

    Can anyone refer me to a decent book or website that gives a good intro to
    the world of PLD's, especially such types as FPGA, CPLD? I'm wanting to use
    these devices for complicated logic designs. This big three makers, Xilinx,
    Lattice, Altera have websites that are too specific for an intro to this
    area.

    Regards,
     
  2. Null Set

    Null Set Guest

    Here are a few that I've found to be helpful. Your mileage may vary, of
    course.

    http://www.optimagic.com/

    http://www.fpgacpu.org/

    http://www.fpga-faq.com/

    http://klabs.org/richcontent/Tutorial/tutorial.htm

    http://www.eeproductcenter.com/

    and of course you can always try a search on Google,

    http://www.google.com

    As for books, I just got Sharma's "Programmable Logic Handbook: PLDs, CPLDs,
    and FPGAs", but I haven't had a chance to sit down and read it yet. You can
    do a search for books on these subjects and Barnes and Noble
    (http://www.bn.com) or Amazon (http://www.amazon.com). After you search for
    books on those sites using a keyword like "PLD", sort the results by Most
    Popular and read the reviews for the books. Most of the time, the reviews
    are helpful in determining whether a book is suitable or not. You can also
    try to find books on these subjects at your local bookstore or library. Ask
    about interlibrary loans if your local library doesn't have anything recent
    (more likely than not, unfortunately).

    Naturally, as you converge on specific designs you'll want to review the
    data sheets and application notes for the parts you plan to use.

    Good luck, and Merry Christmas,

    -MC
     
  3. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    I would certainly sit down after being ripped off for $225 for this
    outdated introductory text.
     
  4. Ben Bradley

    Ben Bradley Guest

    I've wanted/needed to learn these as well. There's someone who has
    posted here or somewhere (comp.something?) and who has an interesting
    website on the topic:

    http://www.fpga4fun.com
     
  5. Null Set

    Null Set Guest

    Is there another book you would recommend starting out with?

    Also, what's outdated in Sharma's book? It would be nice to know that
    before I read it. In my job, I often have to evaluate existing products
    (i.e., a few to many years old), so "outdated" information is not
    necessarily worthless.

    Thanks,

    -MC
     
  6. is probably a better place to ask questions of
    this nature.

    Regards,
    Allan.
     
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