This handy reference gives readers a thorough grounding in the basic concepts and language of VHDL, and encourages them to apply what they have learned using realistic examples. Concepts are followed by examples and tutorials. Adds appendices to support material: Includes a tutorial for a popular VHDL simulator; a handy reference to common VHDL packages; and a detailed template for a VHDL model illustrating the relative ordering of program constructs. Emphasizes development of readers intuition and structured thinking about VHDL models without spending excessive time on advanced language features. Provides simulation and laboratory exercises that enable readers to quickly come up to speed in building useful, non-trivial models of digital systems. Provides tutorial descriptions and presentation of programming mechanics unique to CAD tools and environments. Includes examples, extensive use of timing diagrams, event lists and many tutorials for independent student study. Provides sample problems, many of which include worked solutions. Includes viewgraph masters and the VHDL source for all text examples. A useful reference for computer professionals who need to brush up on their VHDL knowledge.