Chapter 5. Basic Modeling Constructs
The description of a module in a digital system can be divided into two facets: the external view and the internal view. The external view describes the interface to the module, including the number and types of inputs and outputs. The internal view describes how the module implements its function. In VHDL, we can separate the description of a module into an entity declaration, which describes the external interface, and one or more architecture bodies, which describe alternative internal implementations. These were introduced in Chapter 1 and are discussed in detail in this chapter. We also look at how a design is processed in preparation for simulation or synthesis.