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Designers are increasingly using VHDL for high-level modeling. However, their task is hindered by the lack of object-oriented and genericity features in the language. Experience in programming languages shows that these features significantly aid management of complexity in large designs and promote re-use of modules. SUAVE extends VHDL by adapting several object-oriented and genericity features from Ada-95. The extensions improve support for modeling in VHDL from system level down to gate level. This article describes the extensions and illustrates their use with examples.
VHDL, object-oriented, genericity, hardware modeling.

D. E. Martin, P. A. Wilsey and P. J. Ashenden, "SUAVE: Extending VHDL to Improve Data Modeling Support," in IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol. 15, no. , pp. 34-44, 1998.
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