VHDL BASED DIGITAL SYSTEM DESIGN
Language based tools - supporting simulation and synthesis - build a
powerful design environment. Such tools have been used for complex
chip designs for years. Modern technology delivers gate complexities
reaching 100 kGates for programmable devices. Designers using
programmable devices still mostly rely on gate level design style.
Mastering designs in the several ten thousands gates range using gate
level methods is nearly impossible. Language based tools and synthesis
offer solutions for such design tasks. The paper gives a short overview
of what is available at the system (register transfer) level.
Keywords: hardware description languages, HDL, VHDL, digital system design, language based tools