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HDL is used to create Hardware Descriptions as the name suggests. However I am wondering what is the next step in creating hardware from HDL?

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You don't go from HDL to schematics. The next step is synthesis. Your FPGA vendor's tools do that. Or Synopsys (or similar expensive tools) for ASICs.

  • So I guess there is no way for a student in Community College to turn HDL into hardware? – Jason Ivey Feb 21 '17 at 2:33
  • @Jason Ivey: Yes you can. Look into FPGAs. There are some low-cost boards for them. – Brian Carlton Feb 21 '17 at 5:49

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