Ways to get the FAQ of comp.lang.vhdl

Discussion in 'VHDL' started by Edwin Naroska, Nov 28, 2003.

  1. Posted-By: auto-faq 3.3 (Perl 5.008)

    This posting explains some ways to get the FAQ (Frequently Asked
    Questions) of the newsgroup comp.lang.vhdl:

    Besides of the monthly postings the FAQ is also available by

    www at "http://www.vhdl.org/comp.lang.vhdl/" or
    "http://www.eda.org/comp.lang.vhdl/" or
    ftp on "vhdl.org /pub/comp.lang.vhdl/FAQ*" see VHDL
    International for details on accessing the server

    or send me a note to get a copy via e-mail. Further, all parts of the
    FAQ are available in HTML format and PDF format (better suited for

    The FAQ consists of *four* parts:

    Part 1: FAQ General (contacts, etc.)
    Part 2: Lists of Books on VHDL
    Part 3: Lists of Products & Services (PD+commercial)
    Part 4: VHDL Glossary

    Part 4 is an ASCII representation of Annex B (Glossary) of the
    IEEE Std 1076-1993 IEEE Standard VHDL Language Reference Manual. This
    glossary contains brief, informal descriptions for a number of terms
    and phrases used to define VHDL. Additionally, it includes some
    examples to illustrate various definitions.

    The following link points to a HTML version of the glossary using

    http://www.vhdl.org/comp.lang.vhdl/html3/gloss_fr.html .

    A version without frames is at

    http://www.vhdl.org/comp.lang.vhdl/FAQ4.html .

    For a chronological list of changes made to the FAQ see below.


    Dr.-Ing. Edwin Naroska phone: ++49 231 7552406
    Computer Engineering Institute fax: ++49 231 7553251
    (Lehrstuhl fuer Datenverarbeitungssysteme)
    University of Dortmund, 44221 Dortmund, Germany

    FAQ comp.lang.vhdl history (last 3 months)

    Nov 2003
    * Part 1 and 2: various typos fixed; special thanks to Colin Paul
    Gloster for spotting them
    * Part 1, new Section 4.2.24 "How to Print Integer/Floatingpoint
    Values to the Screen" (links to Section 4.2.23)
    * Part 3, Section 5.2: new entry for the HDL Hierarchy Manager by
    Prime Technology Limited added
    * Part 1, Section 4.1: an overview of changes to VHDL planned by the
    VHDL-200X, IEEE 1164, and IEEE 1076.3 working groups can be
    downloaded from http://www.synthworks.com/papers/
    * Part 1, Section 4.2.21: flaw in sample code fixed (thanks to
    Anders Boström for finding it)
    * Part 1, Section 4.8.1 and 4.11: link to web page comparing
    conversion functions defined in std_logic_arith and numeric_std
    added (http://dz.ee.ethz.ch/support/ic/vhdl/vhdlsources.en.html)
    * Part 3, Section 2: entry for Chronology Division of Forte Design
    Systems added
    * Part 1, Section 4.10: link to random generator added
    * Part 3, Section 1.2 and 3.1: link for tools VDT and INSPIRE
    * Part 3, Section 1.5: entry for CDFG (Control-Data Flow Graph)
    Toolset added (http://poppy.snu.ac.kr/CDFG/index.html)

    Aug 2003
    * Part 2, Section 2.8: recommendation counters updated
    * Part 1, Section 4.10: link to CAN controller core from opencores
    added (http://www.opencores.org/projects/can/)
    * Part 3, Section 5.1: JBDE a block/bubble diagram-editing tool
    which is cabable of generating VHDL code is available from
    * Part 1, Section 4.10: another synthesizable fixed point arithmetic
    package written by Jonathan Bromley can be downloaded from
    * Part 1, Section 4.2.12: text extended to emphasize that package
    TextIO is not for synthesis

    Jun 2003
    * Part 2, Section 2.8: recommendation counters updated
    * Part 1, Section 4.2.40: text updated
    * Part 1: links updated
    * Part 1, Section : links to uP1232 (a 8-bit FPGA-based
    microprocessor core;
    DRAGONFLY microprocessor core
    (http://www.leox.org/resources/dvlp.html#RES_DVLP_DGF), an 8-bit
    Stack Processor
    l) and JOP (a Java Optimized Processor;
    http://www.jopdesign.com/download.jsp) added
    Edwin Naroska, Nov 28, 2003
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