Accession Number : ADA317981

Title :   Analog Hardware Description Language (AHDL).

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 93-Jan 96,

Corporate Author : MTL SYSTEMS INC DAYTON OH

Personal Author(s) : Collins, Robert A. ; Hirsch, Herbert L.

PDF Url : ADA317981

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : This report documents a project conducted by MTL Systems, Inc., Analogy, Inc., and Compass Design Automation. The project supported the development of an analog and mixed-signal variant of the digital VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL),named 'VHDL-AMS' (VHDL-Analog/Mixed-Signal). The purpose of the project was to assist, expedite, facilitate, and generally support the VHDL-AMS language development and standardization process being conducted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The report documents the experiences of the project team in assisting this standards development process, and may therefore be used as a case study of Government-sponsored language development within an open standards organization. The report first overviews the problem which was addressed, presenting the program goal and objectives and a succinct summary of the results which were produced. It next describes the language development and standardization process, first in chronological narrative format and then through a summary of the challenges encountered and the results obtained. It finally presents specific conclusions and recommendations regarding how Government-funded standards development projects might be handled in the future, based upon the experiences, lessons learned and results of this program.

Descriptors :   *PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES, ELECTRONICS, AUTOMATION, LESSONS LEARNED, ORGANIZATIONS, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), CASE STUDIES, FORMATS, STANDARDS, STANDARDIZATION, ENGINEERS, COMPASSES, ANALOG SYSTEMS, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE