Verilog and SystemVerilog Gotchas

101 Common Coding Errors and How to Avoid Them

  • Stuart Sutherland
  • Don Mills

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-2
  2. Stuart Sutherland, Don Mills
    Pages 3-6
  3. Stuart Sutherland, Don Mills
    Pages 7-47
  4. Stuart Sutherland, Don Mills
    Pages 49-97
  5. Stuart Sutherland, Don Mills
    Pages 99-121
  6. Stuart Sutherland, Don Mills
    Pages 123-152
  7. Stuart Sutherland, Don Mills
    Pages 153-172
  8. Stuart Sutherland, Don Mills
    Pages 173-194
  9. Stuart Sutherland, Don Mills
    Pages 195-208
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 209-214

About this book


In programming, “Gotcha” is a well known term. A gotcha is a language feature, which, if misused, causes unexpected - and, in hardware design, potentially disastrous - behavior. The purpose of this book is to enable engineers to write better Verilog/SystemVerilog design and verification code, and to deliver digital designs to market more quickly.

This book shows over 100 common coding mistakes that can be made with the Verilog and SystemVerilog languages. Each example explains in detail the symptoms of the error, the languages rules that cover the error, and the correct coding style to avoid the error. The book helps digital design and verification engineers to recognize these common coding mistakes, and know how to avoid them. Many of these errors are very subtle, and can potentially cost hours or days of lost engineering time trying to find and debug the errors.

This book is unique because while there are many books that teach the language, and a few that try to teach coding style, no other book addresses how to recognize and avoid coding errors with these languages.


Hardware Potential RTL SystemVerilog Verilog digital design modeling programming verification

Authors and affiliations

  • Stuart Sutherland
    • 1
  • Don Mills
    • 2
  1. 1.Sutherland HDL, Inc.TualatinUSA
  2. 2.LCDM EngineeringChandlerUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-71714-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-71715-9
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