Issue No.02 - March/April (1986 vol.3)
J.H. Aylor , University of Virginia
R. Waxman , IBM Corporation
C. Scarratt , IBM Corporation
In the summer of 1981, the Institute for Defense Analysis arranged a workshop to initiate the development of requirementsfor a modern hardware description language. Much effort has since been expended developing those requirements and implementinga VHSIC hardware description language (or VHDL). VHSIC is a Department of Defense program dealing with very high speed integratedcircuits. One part of this effort analyzed existing languages and their environments, extracting major advantages of each.This analysis sought to ensure that no current hardware description language capabilities had been overlooked in developingVHDL. We will present the features needed in a modern hardware description language, and describe eight hardware descriptionlanguages?examining each to determine its features. We will also analyze VHDL with respect to the language features described.
J.H. Aylor, R. Waxman, C. Scarratt, "VHDL?Feature Description And Analysis", IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol.3, no. 2, pp. 17-27, March/April 1986, doi:10.1109/MDT.1986.294899