Forum: FPGA, VHDL & Verilog FPGA development resources

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The main difference is that CPLDs are smaller than FPGAs, i.e. you can fit a lot more logic inside a FPGA than inside a CPLD.

  • CPLDs: address decoders, bus interfaces, simple memory controllers, (video) signal generators
  • FPGAs: complex CPUs, high speed I/O, signal processing, encryption

VHDL or Verilog?

The difference is mainly in syntax, you can get the same synthesis result with both languages. VHDL is more verbose than Verilog (which can be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it). In Europe VHDL is much more widely used than Verilog, in the US Verilog seems to be slightly more popular.

Basic rules for VHDL development

See http://embdev.net/articles/VHDL.

Chip vendors


  • also see the FPGA vendors’ websites
  • Digilent


  • TODO

IP Cores

  • Opencores – CPUs, USB, Ethernet, encryption, …

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Author: Juha (Guest)
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I think this site would be helpfull. Here is some basic things and some 
more advanced.

Author: Shahul Akthar (Company: pantech solution) (shahulakthar)
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Here is a Source for learning FPGA and VHDL concepts


Author: René D. (Company: www.dossmatik.de) (dose)
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for verfication


a good simulator is the combination GHDL and GTKwave


I have written an introduction for this simulator

Author: Warren Toomey (doctorwkt)
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I found the book "Free Range VHDL" to be an excellent book about the 
language and also about best practices when writing VHDL code. Link:

Cheers, Warren


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