Verilog & VHDL up Next! – Warming up

Hello everyone!

Posting after ages since I’ve been quite busy at work. But I haven’t forgotten about this blog :). As promised, I will deal with some tools on HDLs next – namely Icarus Verilog and the Alliance VLSI CAD system (which uses VHDL).

This post is basically to help you get geared up. Most probably you won’t even need a tutorial after this. ;). Oh and before I begin, I finally bought an Android phone last month. Its an HTC Wildfire :)

Not as powerful as a Nexus and many phones out there but it was worth it. Has a nice camera, supports most of the apps on the market.

Alright back to why I’m posting. Here is a small description of the stuff we will look at in the forthcoming posts:

  • Icarus Verilog: A Verilog compiler that generates a variety of engineering formats, including simulation. It strives to be true to the IEEE-1364 standard. (Source: http://spins.fedoraproject.org/fel/#portfolio Couldn’t open the official site for some reason :-|)
  • Alliance: Alliance is a complete set of free CAD tools and portable libraries for VLSI design. It includes a VHDL compiler and simulator, logic synthesis tools, and automatic place and route tools. A complete set of portable CMOS libraries is provided. Alliance is the result of a twelve year effort spent at ASIM department of LIP6 laboratory of the Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris VI, France). Alliance has been used for research projects such as the 875 000 transistors StaCS superscalar microprocessor and 400 000 transistors IEEE Gigabit HSL Router. (Source: http://www-asim.lip6.fr/recherche/alliance/)

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Dual Display!

Dad bought me two 20in monitors last week (Thanks dad! :)). I need two monitors to work and I couldn’t manage with a single monitor while working from home. The new monitors are DELL IN2020M – 20in LED HD monitors. Pretty cool eh? I just managed to get both my monitors to work on Fedora. Here is a pic: Read more of this post

….and back to Bangalore!

Well as the title says, I am back to Bangalore. Returned more than a month back – July 17th to be precise. Didn’t post an update because I didn’t get time. I moved back because I got another (and better) job offer here. I currently work for Cortina Systems and I love the new place :). Keep checking back for continued posts on robots and now on some digital chip design in Verilog.

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