Issue No.02 - March/April (1986 vol.3)
Erich Marschner , Intermetrics, Incorporated
Roger Lipsett , Intermetrics, Incorporated
The VHSIC hardware description language (or VHDL) provides a standard textual means of description for hardware componentsat abstraction levels ranging from the logic gate level to the digital system level. It provides precise syntax and semanticsfor these hardware components, enabling design transfer both within and among organizations. The language is designed to beefficiently simulated and natural for hardware designers. In addition, it allows designers to represent information outsidethe primary range of language coverage, although the initial toolset does not support simulation at those levels (switch level,for example). Finally, by not restricting designers to a particular hardware technology or design style, the language permitswide industrial usage.
Erich Marschner, Roger Lipsett, "VHDL?The Language", IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol.3, no. 2, pp. 28-41, March/April 1986, doi:10.1109/MDT.1986.294900