Good Grief " I can't believe that it's "that time of the year again" where I get to look back to see which "How To" design articles visitors to Programmable Logic DesignLine enjoyed the most.
The way I performed my evaluations (it sounds so "scientific" when I say it this way) was to simply check how many folks accessed each article during 2008. Now, if I were of a more pedantic nature, I should really have normalized everything by dividing the number of views by the amount of time each article has been available, because it's obvious that an article posted in January 2008 has had more time to gather readers than one posted only a week or two ago.
Also, I could have restricted myself to articles that were published only in 2008, but then I decided that if an older article was still attracting enough new readers to oust more recent articles (remembering that I looked only at the number of folks accessing each article during the course of 2008), then such an article deserved to receive its rightful place in the "Top 10" rankings... speaking of which, hold onto your hats, because here we go...
10) Modular Arithmetic: A Divisive Issue
Good techniques for FPGA implementations of the mod operation have not been widely known... until now!
9) Microcontroller Design in FPGAs
The union of Microcontroller Unit (MCU) intellectual property (IP) cores with FPGAs provides a far more flexible hardware platform than traditional MCU ASSPs.
8) How to implement DSP algorithms using the Xilinx Spartan-3E starter board
This "How To" is an excerpt from a recently published book – "Embedded Design Using Programmable Gate Arrays.
7) How to perform meaningful benchmarks on FPGAs from different vendors
A suite of unbiased and meaningful benchmarks that truly compare the hardware architectures and software design tool chains from the major FPGA vendors.
6) How to design an FPGA from scratch
When veteran ASIC designer Sven Andersson determined to learn how to work with FPGAs, he decided to create this step-by-step tutorial to teach others.
5) How to defend against the cloning of your FPGA designs
Having your design cloned by a competitor isn't fun, so this "How To" design article explains how to foil your nefarious foes!
4) How to implement a digital oscilloscope in Structured ASIC fabric
Structured ASICs provide quicker time-to-market and lower development costs than standard ASICs, while also providing higher performance and lower unit costs than FPGAs.
3) How to interface FPGAs to microcontrollers
Neither standard product microcontrollers nor FPGAs were developed to communicate with each other efficiently, so interfacing the two can be a challenge.
2) Design Recipes for FPGAs – A Simple VGA Interface
This "How To" design tutorial comes from a recently published book that provides a desktop reference for engineers, students, and researchers who use FPGAs as their hardware platform of choice.
... and, the moment we've all been waiting for... the #1 read "How To" article of 2008 is...
1) Xilinx Virtex-5 User-Guide Lite
As opposed to wading through more than 1,000 pages of Virtex-5 User-Guide documentation, this "User Guide Lite " boils all the key details down into a few easily-digestible pages.
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