Power Tips For FPGA Designers. Author: Evgeni Stavinov performance, area and power optimizations, RTL coding, IP core selection, and many others. POWER TIPS FOR FPGA DESIGNERS. Evgeni Stavinov FPGA Project Tasks. 6. Overview Of FPGA Design Tools. 7. Xilinx FPGA Build Process. In many ways Power Tips For FPGA Designers is an unusual book, not I also like the fact that the author, Evgeni Stavinov, is a practicing.

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Both novice and seasoned logic and hardware engineers can find bits of useful information. This book is written by a practicing FPGA logic designer, and contains a lot of illustrations, code examples, and scripts. Code examples are written in Verilog HDL.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Getting Started with Verilog. Zen of Analog Circuit Design. Over the course of my career I’ve written volumes of technical documentation, published several articles in technical magazines, and have done a lot of technical blogging.

At some point I’ve accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge in the area of FPGA design, and thought it was a good time to share it with a powre audience.

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Writing a book takes time, commitment, and discipline. It also requires a very different skill set. Unfortunately, many engineers, including myself, are trained to use programming languages better than natural languages. Despite all that, writing a book is definitely an intellectually rewarding experience. Evgeni is a creator of OutputLogic. Product details File Size: May 18, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention power tips fpga design xilinx fpgas useful resource.

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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I was initially skeptical, thinking that this is like many other “N tips for XXX” books which enumerate all sorts of tips on a particular subject. This book is actually not like that.


It is fairly well structured, and almost self-contained in evgehi respect. I view this book as a fairly detailed presentation of the design methodology in the FPGA world. Discussions about engineering tradeoffs abound. My only complaint is that the book doesn’t go deep enough in some subjects, and the Xilinx-heavy focus. Hopefully these will be improved in future editions. I have been programming FPGAs for about 7 years.

I’m not an expert though, and I thought that desiyners book would have some useful info. Most of the the tips are very light on explanation.

They might be useful as google fodder, but don’t expect to really learn much from this book. Even there are several nice tips, they are not a mine of gold. It was written to oriented to the xilinx workspace. I think for students it’s going to be good. For mature or advanced users, it won’t be so impressive. I have never worked with FPGAs before, but I’m now working with someone who has over 20 years of experience.

Many of the things I’ve heard my associate talk about are discussed in good detail in the book. For example, the importance of pin assignment, the “art” of timing closure, and floor-planning the design. The book is easy-to-read, and since it’s fr of a “cookbook” style, you can open it pretty much anywhere and desiigners.

The book is focussed on the Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 FPGAs from Xilinx which is what we’re usingso I’ve found it a great resource when diving into the Xilinx on-line resources and videos. This resource is very timely.

Don’t waste your money. As stated on the back cover, the book is a collection of short articles on various aspects of FPGA design. There is no doubt that documentation is needed so designers can learn quickly how to use FPGAs effectively. The vendor documentation from both Xilinx and Altera is excellent but so extensive as to be overwhelming. A designer may not know where to start, and may not know the design tricks that will save them a lot of trouble.

So, a need exists. Unfortunately, this book does not really fill that need. The fundamental shortcoming of the book is that the articles are overwhelmingly empty of information.

To pick some examples at random: Article 25 is “Counters”. The article shows Verilog for several counter architectures binary synchronous, Johnson, LFSR, and cascaded binary synchronous counters. A table lists resource consumption and maximum counting frequency for several implementations, apparently from the Xilinx synthesis tool on the counters alone. The table includes a counter based on a Xilinx multiply-accumulate block, with only a note that the counter is included.


There just doesn’t seem to be any need for this article, someone designing FPGA logic without knowing how to write a counter is not going to be rescued by this book. The article has a short paragraph on each of 3 Xilinx tools for power estimation, huge screenshots, and results from using two of the tools to estimate power for a memory controller.

The tool results show an almost 2: That is the end of the information. There is no discussion about how the designer might choose between the power estimates. After reading this 4. That method may be useful if you need it. The article appears to be very good. Article 80 is “Design Area Optimizations: This article discusses several topics. The section ‘Priority encoders’ compares building a priority encoder using ‘?

The article explains that the ‘case’ approach may have better performance, and presents a table of synthesizer results for ‘? The table shows logic utilization but leaves out timing information, so I do not know what to make of the performance tradeoff. The book is physically bloated. The text is presented in a 12 point font instead of the usual 10 point, the Verilog samples and the Xilinx tool output are in a very wide 12 point typewriter font.

The 5 page index would probably fit on 1 page with normal book design. These tips are absolute gold for a relatively inexperienced FPGA engineer. Definitely worth a read. This book underlines the fact that most often it’s small little things that make a huge difference in the success or failure of an FPGA project.

One person found this helpful. The book is good if you are working with Xilinx and have a Xilinx tool available to try out whatever you are reading.

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