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Registered: ‎12-28-2020

Life time of Hardware Description Languages

Hi everyone;

I am a Digital Design engineer with 2 years of experience. I have been working with VHDL for 2 years. With new hardware solutions like Versal, I started to think that VHDL might cease to exist in ~10 years. Since, Xilinx is trying to attract more developers to their platforms, they pay more attention to software programming languages like C /C++ and Python. I thought it is a good thing to discuss the future of Hardware Description Languages. Also, I am trying to find a right path for my career.

What do you think about this topic ? Will HDLs always have a place or will they become like Fortran?

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Registered: ‎08-07-2014

@Golwendir ,

In 10 more years things will be very much different. It is very likely that the compilers for HLS using C/C++ will become more smarter and efficient such that they will be able to generate almost cycle accurate RTLs for a given design (i am very interested to see in the future how DDR based interfaces can be modeled using a HLS based language). Also HDL based languages will remain, because your the HLS based design first gets converted to a RTL based design and then it gets translated in to a netlist.

Nevertheless I vote for learning a HDL (VHDL/SystemVerilog) and one HLS language right now, because there are designs which take less dev and test time when modeled using a HLS languages and there are designs which absolutely cannot be modeled with HLS languages.

Regarding learning a scripting language, 10 yrs ago it was Perl and now Python has taken over.

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