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A novel tool to introduce FPGA in digital design laboratory

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2 Author(s)
Donzellini, G. ; DITEN, Univ. of Genoa, Genoa, Italy ; Ponta, D.

The new technological scenarios in digital systems demand the introduction of FPGA very early in digital design curricula. The approach that we present in the paper is based on a new tool that extends the features of Deeds, the design suite for digital circuits developed in our department. The FPGA extension allows students to compile a project generated with Deeds into an FPGA chip, reducing to a minimum the interaction with the FPGA-specific CAD. The tool is centered around a module that allows the student to associate all the input and output of the Deeds project to the devices and resources of an FPGA development board. A code generator will produce all the VHDL and script files needed by the CAD to compile the project and load it on the board for testing.

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Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV), 2012 9th International Conference on

Date of Conference:

4-6 July 2012