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1 Fundamental Concepts2 Scalar Data Types and Operations3 Sequential Statements4 Composite Data Types and Operations5 Basic Modeling Constructs6 Case Study: A Pipelined Multiplier Accumulator7 Subprograms8 Packages and Use Clauses9 Aliases10 Case Study: A Bit-Vector Arithmetic Package11 Resolved Signals12 Generic Constants13 Components and Configurations14 Generate Statements15 Case Study: The DLX Computer System16 Guards and Blocks17 Access Types and Abstract Data Types18 Files and Input/Output19 Case Study: Queuing Networks20 Attributes and Groups21 Miscellaneous TopicsA SynthesisB The Predefined Package StandardC IEEE Standard PackagesD Related StandardsE VHDL SyntaxF DifferencesG Answers to ExercisesReferencesIndex