EDA Software Sold in Walmart
To increase the overall awareness of EDA’s importance in development of electronics, Henderson, Nevada-based mixed-language simulator and design tool supplier for ASIC and FPGA devices Aldec Inc. said today that its Active-HDL Student Edition is now being sold in Walmart’s online store as well as in Barnes & Noble book stores.
Aldec’s University Program and publisher Prentice Hall said they are embracing the online economy to provide inexpensive educational resources to the newly emerging digital logic circuit design methodologies, specifically the use of Hardware Description Languages (HDL) and EDA tools for simulation of these designs.
Prentice Hall and Aldec believe they are providing new opportunities for engineers of all backgrounds and abilities to more quickly and inexpensively master the use of HDLs and IP cores to design logic circuits inside programmable logic and ASIC semiconductor devices.
Stan Hanel, Aldec University Program Manager said in a statement, “Aldec’s worldwide University Program continues an initiative to provide educational resources to students, making it easy for them to learn 'hands-on' Hardware Description Language design methodologies.”
“Engineering students of all ages and career levels now have the option to locally install this software on home personal computers and laptops, providing greater access to Aldec's commercial EDA product for entry, simulation and verification of their HDL designs,” he continued.
Aldec created a student edition of Active-HDL, a popular EDA tool for logic circuit design entry, simulation and debugging of VHDL and Verilog.
Although limited in capacity, the Student Edition CD includes a HDL editor for VHDL or Verilog languages, a block diagram editor and a finite state machine editor that allow students to visualize designs in a structural or behavioral format before committing it to HDL text.
Interactive VHDL and Verilog tutorials on the CD teach students how to program in these essential Hardware Description Languages that underlay many of the most popular IP Cores available today for digital logic circuit design. The Student Edition of Active-HDL CD also includes Aldec's HDL simulator technology that can exercise these static hardware models through the use of a testbench, also written in VHDL or Verilog code.
Prentice Hall also offers bundles of the Student Edition of Active-HDL with textbooks on Digital Logic Design, VHDL and Verilog languages. These textbook bundles as well as the Student Edition software can be purchased directly through the Prentice Hall online e-catalog.