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VHDL is the VHSIC Hardware Description Language. VHSIC is an abbreviation for Very High Speed Integrated Circuit. It can describe the behaviour and structure of electronic systems, but is particularly suited as a language to describe the structure and behaviour of digital electronic hardware designs, such as ASICs and FPGAs as well as conventional digital circuits.

VHDL is a notation, and is precisely and completely defined by the Language Reference Manual ( LRM ). This sets VHDL apart from other hardware description languages, which are to some extent defined in an ad hoc way by the behaviour of tools that use them. VHDL is an international standard, regulated by the research. The definition of the language is non-proprietary.
VHDL is not an information model, a database schema, a simulator, a toolset or a methodology! However, a methodology and a toolset are essential for the effective use of VHDL.
Simulation and synthesis are the two main kinds of tools which operate on the VHDL language. The Language Reference Manual does not define a simulator, but unambiguously defines what each simulator must do with each part of the language.
VHDL does not constrain the user to one style of description. VHDL allows designs to be described using any methodology – top down, bottom up or middle out! VHDL can be used to describe hardware at the gate level or in a more abstract way. Successful high level design requires a language, a tool set and a suitable methodology.

VHDL Designer’s Guide – What is VHDL? A Brief History of VHDL. Tutorial.

Doulos KnowHow – VHDL Models – almost all models are available

Alternative System Concepts, Inc. – On-Line Documentation.

Amontec VHDL Window – Provides complete online language reference and examples of common constructs.

CAST, Inc. – An intellectual property provider that develops and supports synthesizable cores and simulation models for electronic design using VHDL.

comp.lang.vhdl archive – Frequently Asked Questions and answers.

Doctor VHDL Design Services and Training – VHDL and ASIC / FPGA training courses as well as design services.

Free Model Foundry: FMF – Premier site for VHDL component simulation models.

Hamburg VHDL Archive – Home of many free, open source designs in VHDL.

Hello, World Program – Written in VHDL.

Raja’s Personal Information: VHDL – Some VHDL design examples.

RASSP Support Page for VHDL – Models, Guidelines and Coding Styles, Standards, Courses/Tutorials, Tools

SAVANT – The University of Cincinnati’s free VHDL analyzer/parallel simulator.

VHDL and FPGA Resources on the Web – Directory VHDL tutorials, papers, examples, tools.

VHDL Builder – Resource related to VHDL, orcad, and links to VHDL simulators.

VHDL International (VI) – organization dedicated to cooperatively and proactively promoting the Very High Speed Integrated Circuit (VHSIC) Hardware Description Language (VHDL) as a standard worldwide language for the design and description of electronic systems

VHDL Memo – All VHDL keywords, all VHDL syntax. VHDL quick documentation.

VHDL Mini Reference – For quick access.

VHDL Models – From Free Model Foundry site.

VHDL Page – Information on vhdl verilog and synthesis resources around the web. Includes tutorials, models and code generators.

VHDL Verification Course – Introduction to VHDL verification techniques. It assumes some familiarity with VHDL.

Introductory VHDL Tutorial by Green Mountain Computing Systems


which includes nice block diagrams.

to VHDL by Doulos

by Bob Reese from MSU


into VHDL and hardware design by Peter J. Ashenden

some verilog links

Alternate Verilog FAQ – Verilog FAQ: Includes answers to frequently asked questions and lots of links to other useful sites.
Asic Tools – Web based verilog generation tools for the common tasks such as crc and lfsr. Also contains links of interest to asic designers.
Converter from verilog to html – A free perl script that converts verilog to html with most things linked. Also creates hierarchies and indexes for your design.
Doulos KnowHow – Verilog Models – Analog-to-Digital Converter, Shift Register, Simple RAM Model, Universal Asynchronous Receiver (UAR), 8-bit x 8-bit Pipelined Multiplier models.
Hello, World program – Example simple Verilog program
International Cadence Usergroup – Information on conference 2003, conference archives, a special interest group and FAQ.
On-line Verilog HDL Quick Reference Guide – Based on the research 1364-1995 standard by Stuart Sutherland of Sutherland HDL, Inc.
Project VeriPage – Your one stop source for Verilog Programming Language Interface (PLI) resources
Rajesh Bawankule’s Verilog Center – Verilog FAQ, online books, technical tips and papers, productivity tools.
Source Navigator for Verilog – a version of Source Navigator that works with Verilog. Provides class and hierarchy views of Verilog designs.
Verilog Designer s Guide – What is Verilog? A Brief History of Verilog. Tutorial. Verilog design tips.
Verilog HDL Toolbox – By Simucad. 64-bit Verilog HDL simulation products for FPGA and ASIC design and test. Included are a Verilog HDL Finite State Machine Editor, Waveform Viewer, and Chromocoded Text Editor.
Verilog Introduction For Digital Design – A simple introduction to digital design using Verilog; thus, many features of verilog itself are left uncovered.
Verilog Quicktart – Book by James M. Lee. Details on the book and a interactive Verilog FAQ. – Directory of Verilog documents, tutorials, tools, vendors, books.

verilog and vhdl tools

Aldec – HDL design entry and simulation software for programmable logic designers.
C Level Design – Offers a design and verification environment for C/C++ with synthesis to VHDL and Verilog code.
Calyptech Design Services – Offers ASIC and FPGA design and verification services, drivers and tools. Includes product and service overview and PDF detailed product specifications available.
CAST, Inc. – Provides a broad line of general purpose IP cores for electronic design (also called silicon intellectual property, SIP, or virtual components, VCs). Includes processors, bus and network interfaces, multimedia and encryption functions, serial communications, and peripheral controllers.
Doulos Ltd – Training and consultancy across Europe in VHDL, Verilog, SystemC, Perl and Tcl/Tk. Offers free resources for hardware designers.
Esperan – VHDL, Verilog and FPGA training courses held in the US, Europe and the UK.
Exemplar Logic, Inc. – Provides LeonardoSpectrum which is a CPLD, FPGA and desktop ASIC synthesis solution.
Experimental Computing Laboratory – Includes papers, presentations, conference publications and SAVANT VHDL, a free VHDL analyser and simulator. From University of Cincinnati.
eXsultation – Specialize in full turn-key, customer facility training programs in VHDL, Verilog,C++ modeling, formal verification, and FPGA design.
Freeware Verilog & VHDL – This is the home page for a Freeware Verilog,VHDL and Analog Mixed Signal project (a.k.a. the V-2000 project, still in its infancy).
Green Mountain – VHDL compilers and design environments, including Windows, DOS and Linux support.
The Hamburg VHDL Archive – A collection of public-domain or shareware, VHDL documentation, models, and tools.
iMODL – The iValidate toolset comprises ready-to-use functional verification tools and simulation models.
Nova Engineering – Megafunctions are modular, DSP algorithms and functional blocks for custom use in PLD or ASIC designs.
Rajesh Verilog FAQ – General Verilog resource that includes a FAQ, tutorials, and commercial information.
Sandstrom Engineering – HDL pre-synthesis tools which check code for synthesizability. Then suggest replacement code where problems are found.
Saros – Offering a full suite of VHDL and Verilog design tools, from design-entry, simulation and synthesis to verification and training.
Sutherland HDL, Inc. – Provides Verilog HDL and Verilog PLI training workshops and consulting services.
Symphony EDA – Offers a VHDL compiler/simulator with an integrated development environment. Supports VHDL’93, Vital, and SDF. Free command-line tools also available.
SynaptiCAD – Provides Verilog, VHDL, TDML, logic analyzer, pattern generator, and SPICE tools.
Synplicity – Logic synthesis and verification products for FPGA and ASIC designers.
Time Rover – Provides tools for aiding Verilog development. Including The Temporal Rover for automatic verification of protocols and Verilog Java PLI.
TimingTool – Online timing diagram editor – Free to use online timing diagram editor. Timing diagrams are saved in TDML format. Translators from TDML to DXF, VHDL, and Verilog are also supplied.
Translogic – EASE and EALE provide HDL aware entry tools, both graphical and text based. Also providing Linux support.
Verilog Dot Com – Verilog resources page. Includes FAQ, books and links. Also verilog aware Emacs add on.
Verilog-AMS – The Verilog-AMS Technical Subcommittee has been created with the charter to develop, update and promote analog and mixed signal extensions to the Verilog (research-1364) language.
VIZEF – Provide graphical HDL tools for design and verification.


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