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

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Chapter 6 Real World Design: Tools, Techniques, and Trade-offs

The Real World is specific, not generic. It is theoretically possible to write portable code that will run on any vendor’s hardware (including ASIC processes), but the required compromises in performance and efficiency are generally not worth the trade-off. We, as over-worked FPGA designers, will find ourselves using vendor-specific libraries and techniques to achieve tight (fast and small) designs.

Now we have to choose an FPGA vendor. Eighty percent of the FPGA market is split between two powerhouses that dominate: Xilinx and Altera. Both are good companies with great technology. This book focuses on Xilinx FPGAs. We’ll look at specific architecture differences between competing ...

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