Introducing the Spartan 3E FPGA and VHDL – free book

spartan3EAuthor Mike Fields wrote this book as an introduction to FPGAs and VHDL. The book examples are mainly oriented to Xilinx Spartan 3E FPGA (but as in other books, the concepts are general. If you don’t have that FPGA, adapting the book examples to your own device can be an excellent way to learn).

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The Zynq Book – free


The Zynq Book is dedicated to the Xilinx Zynq-7000 System on Chip (SoC) from Xilinx.

The Zynq Book is the first book about Zynq to be written in the English language. It has been produced by a team of authors from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, with the support of Xilinx. The book is intended for people just starting out with Zynq, and engineers already working with Zynq.

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Prototypical – FPGA prototyping free book

Prototypical cover front

Making FPGA prototyping part of the design process early means actually thinking about how the design will be prototyped via an FPGA“.

In Prototypical – The Emergence of FPGA prototyping for SoC Designis book, the authors tell the history of FPGA-based prototyping and three leading system providers – S2C, Cadence, and Synopsys. First, the book describes how the need for co-verification evolved with chip complexity, where FPGAs got their start in verification, and why ASIC design benefits from prototyping technology.

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High Speed Serial I/O – free book



This book was published by Xilinx in 2005. While in our very dynamic profession, some of the technologies explained can be a bit outdated, the basic concepts are there for anyone who wishes to learn or refresh his/her concepts about high speed serial links.

Inside the book you will find data about:

  • Serdes transceivers basics
  • 8b/10b, 64b/64b encoding
  • Clock recovery
  • Line equalization
  • Channel Bonding
  • Signal Integrity
  • Power considerations
  • Board design considerations, etc.

Book Title: High Speed Serial I/O made simple

FPGA for dummies – free book

If you are completely new to FPGAs, or if you want a refreshing high level view of what FPGAs are and what are the future trends in the field, you can download this free book from Altera site:
FPGA for dummies

The book is an all-text introduction to this exciting field, do not expect to find real examples nor VHDL code in the book.