Books for Learning FPGA Design

From Jeri – Here are a few books that would be a starting point for someone interested in FPGA / CPLD / ASIC design… post your faves in the comments!

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  1. Where are the book titles?

  2. “Digital Design and Computer Architecture” ( ) has been helpful to me. It starts at the very basics, and uses Verilog and VHDL side by side. It’s also a computer architecture book, so you have to be into that.

  3. @john – watch the video, she says them 🙂

  4. Can we add these to a thread in the forums?

  5. @mark – please do.

  6. Just get the digilent board for 50$ and start coding.

  7. I’ve been working through “FPGA Prototyping By Verilog Examples”, because I’ve been wanting to learn Verilog, but wanted more of a practical book than one focused on just the language. The book bases its instruction around the digilent demo boards. There is an equivalent book with VHDL, rather than Verilog if that’s what you’re looking for (FPGA Prototyping By VHDL Examples).

    I’ve been enjoying the fact that the author has done a good job of explaining things, and that the Digilent boards can be had for ~$100. The book starts at the very basics of what an FPGA is and how it works, discuses how to interface various peripherals (UART, PS2 Keyboard, PS2 Mouse, SRAM, VGA, etc), and goes through the process of developing an FPGA-based microcontroller core. Overall, I’m having a lot of fun with this book. I already had one of the Xilinx Spartan-3 boards, and recently got a Spartan-3E board really cheap on ebay.

  8. oh, I see. I had flash disabled (it tends to suck cpu for no apparent reason on my system) and there was no indication that anything was missing. Thanks.

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