Title page for ETD etd-04182009-041249

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hudson, Rhett Daniel
URN etd-04182009-041249
Title The use of VHDL in computer-aided support of life-cycle complete product design
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Midkiff, Scott F. Committee Chair
Cyre, Walling R. Committee Member
Fabrycky, Wolter J. Committee Member
  • Product life cycle
Date of Defense 1994-06-05
Availability restricted
Successful competition in the computer systems industry depends on a firm's ability to bring profitable products to market. The success of a product is measured by its future worth to the company. Life-cycle complete design attempts to engineer products that provide maximum future worth. Many components contribute to the overall cost of developing a product. Designing merely to reduce the cost of the components that make up the system is insufficient.

A product must be engineered in a manner that addresses all pertinent issues over its complete life cycle. This research examines the use of the VHSIC Hardware Description Language as a computer-aided engineering tool for life-cycle complete engineering. VHDL is traditionally used to model the functional behavior of digital systems. This thesis provides an overview of a life-cycle complete design process and describes the use of VHDL to support that process. A case study is presented to illustrate the use of VHDL for life-cycle complete modeling.

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