The book is divided into four major parts. Part I covers HDL
constructs and synthesis of basic digital circuits. Part II
provides an overview of embedded software development with the
emphasis on low-level I/O access and drivers. Part III demonstrates
the design and development of hardware and software for several
complex I/O peripherals, including PS2 keyboard and mouse, a
graphic video controller, an audio codec, and an SD (secure
digital) card. Part IV provides three case studies of the
integration of hardware accelerators, including a custom GCD
(greatest common divisor) circuit, a Mandelbrot set fractal
circuit, and an audio synthesizer based on DDFS (direct digital
frequency synthesis) methodology.
The book utilizes FPGA devices, Nios II soft-core processor, and
development platform from Altera Co., which is one of the two main
FPGA manufactures. Altera has a generous university program that
provides free software and discounted prototyping boards for
educational institutions (details at http:
//www.altera.com/university). The two main educational prototyping
boards are known as DE1 ($99) and DE2 ($269). All experiments can
be implemented and tested with these boards. A board combined with
this book becomes a "turn-key" solution for the SoPC design
experiments and projects. Most HDL and C codes in the book are
device independent and can be adapted by other prototyping boards
as long as a board has similar I/O configuration.
John Wiley & Sons
|Country of origin:
Pong P. Chu
||Electronic book text
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