Written by: By Clint Cole
Xidian University Press, 2009
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Real Digital is a textbook developed for use in introductory digital design classes. It is structured as an ordered series of modules that contain chapters, exercises and hands-on design projects. Each module corresponds to about three lectures, or one week, in a typical University setting. All examples are in VHDL.
The Real Digital system is built around state of the art hardware and software design tools from Xilinx® and Digilent. Xilinx's free WebPACK™ CAD software and Digilent's low cost FPGA learning platforms are seamlessly integrated with the text and design projects to create an experience-based learning environment. WebPACK is available from the Xilinx website, and the Basys 2 and Nexys 2 boards can be bundled with Real Digital when you add it to your shopping cart. The lower-cost Basys 2 is a good choice for students who may not take additional digital systems or computer engineering classes. The more complex and capable Nexys 2 board is suitable for this class and later classes as well.
The Real Digital system, including the CAD software and FPGA learning platform, is designed for direct student ownership. At a cost far below most textbooks, the system allows students to work in or out of the lab at a time and place of their choosing. Recent studies have shown that students with unrestricted access to design tools learn better, learn faster, and have a more enjoyable experience. Further, when more students work outside the lab, teaching resources can be selectively applied where they are needed most.
"Real Digital - A hands-on approach to digital design"
- Broken down into modules that include chapters, exercises and hands-on projects
- Seamlessly integrated with state of the art hardware and software design tools from Xilinx and Digilent
- Designed for direct student ownership - Students can work in or out of the lab, whenever and wherever they want