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Hardcover | $50.00 Short | £41.95 | 352 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 199 b&w illus. | December 2013 | ISBN: 9780262019668
eBook | $35.00 Short | December 2013 | ISBN: 9780262319089
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Finite State Machines in Hardware

Theory and Design (with VHDL and SystemVerilog)


Modern, complex digital systems invariably include hardware-implemented finite state machines. The correct design of such parts is crucial for attaining proper system performance. This book offers detailed, comprehensive coverage of the theory and design for any category of hardware-implemented finite state machines. It describes crucial design problems that lead to incorrect or far from optimal implementation and provides examples of finite state machines developed in both VHDL and SystemVerilog (the successor of Verilog) hardware description languages.

Important features include: extensive review of design practices for sequential digital circuits; a new division of all state machines into three hardware-based categories, encompassing all possible situations, with numerous practical examples provided in all three categories; the presentation of complete designs, with detailed VHDL and SystemVerilog codes, comments, and simulation results, all tested in FPGA devices; and exercise examples, all of which can be synthesized, simulated, and physically implemented in FPGA boards. Additional material is available on the book’s Website.

Designing a state machine in hardware is more complex than designing it in software. Although interest in hardware for finite state machines has grown dramatically in recent years, there is no comprehensive treatment of the subject. This book offers the most detailed coverage of finite state machines available. It will be essential for industrial designers of digital systems and for students of electrical engineering and computer science.

About the Author

Volnei A. Pedroni is Professor of Electronics Engineering at Brazil’s Federal University of Technology. He is the author of Circuit Design and Simulation with VHDL (MIT Press).