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Real World FPGA Design with Verilog by Ken Coffman - President, Bytech Services

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Chapter 2 Digital Design Strategies and Techniques

From a design entry point of view, the digital designer describes a design in as high a level of abstraction as possible. If it were possible to write one line of code that resulted in 25,000 gates of usable hardware (the day will come when a typical design is 2,500,000 gates), we’d agree that this is a very efficient way to do design work. We use sophisticated software tools to translate the abstract top-level design into a netlist that represents hardware and hardware interconnection.

The top-level design is processed in many steps before it is implemented in FPGA hardware. Each of these steps will be discussed in more detail later in this chapter.

DESIGN PROCESSING STEPS

• The design is ...

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