there are 3 domains of modeling:
each provides a basic modeling concept.
a module e.g. a register is an entity, it's inputs ans outputs are called ports. an architecture is the internal implementation of an entity. it describes the behavior of an entity. architectures includes only processes, collection of actions which are executed in sequences.
types of action that can be performed:
- evaluating expressions
- assigning variables and values
- conditional and repeated execution
- subprogram calls
behavioral architecture: function of an entity is described in an abstract way. e.g.
entity srlatch is port ( s,r : in std_logic; q,qb : out std_logic); end srlatch; architecture behave of calc is begin foo: process begin Q <= S nand QB; QB <= R nand Q; end process foo; end architecture behave;
structural architecture: only interconnecting subsystems
entity nand2 is port(a,b: in std logic; q: out std_logic); end nand2; architecture basic of nand2 is q <= a nand b after 2 ns; end architecture nand2;
entity srlatch is port( s,r: in std logic; q,qb: out std_logic); end srlatch; architecture struct of srlatch is sq: entity work.nand2(basic) port map ( a => s, b => qb, q => q ); rq: entity work.nand2(basic) port map ( a => r, b => q, q => qb ); end architecture srlatch