What Is VHDL? An Intro to VHDL

What is VHDL?  VHDL is a Hardware Description Language (HDL) codified in IEEE Standard 1076 and is used for designing logic to be implemented in FPGA and ASIC devices.   So, what is VHDL? VHDL allows the behavior of a system to be described/modeled for simulation, as well as describing circuits that can be synthesized into … Continued
Configurable Logic Block (CLB)

The Configurable Logic Block – A Quick Look

In this post, we will quickly review the Configurable Logic Block (CLB) and how it has changed over the years.  In 1984, Xilinx introduced the first FPGA to the world, the XC2064. This FPGA formed the backbone of later device families and the design flow leveraged the Xilinx XACT tool.  Nearly 40 years later, FPGAs … Continued
Cross Triggering

Unlocking the Power of Cross Triggering on FPGAs

Understanding Cross Triggering (and why it's your friend) Cross triggering is a useful technique to help with debugging FPGAs. Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are extremely versatile hardware platforms known for their ability to implement custom digital logic in the matter of seconds through the uploading of a bitstream. The applications of FPGAs range through many … Continued
UltraFast Design Methodology

What Is the AMD Xilinx UltraFast Design Methodology?

In FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) development and design, speed, efficiency, and reliability are paramount. Engineers and developers are constantly seeking innovative methodologies to streamline the design process and deliver optimized solutions. AMD (formerly Xilinx), a prominent player in the FPGA industry, offers a cutting-edge approach known as the "UltraFast Design Methodology" to address these challenges. … Continued
what is an fpga

What Is an FPGA?

What Is an FPGA? The Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), invented by Xilinx (now AMD), is a type of integrated circuit that can be configured by the user after manufacturing to perform a variety of digital functions. They are popular in a wide range of industries, from telecommunications to aerospace, due to their flexibility and high … Continued