JHDL (Just-Another Hardware Description Language) is a low-level structural hardware description language, focused primarily on building circuits via an Object Oriented approach that bundles collections of gates into Java objects. Implemented as a toolset and class library on top of the Java programming language, its primary use is for the design of digital circuits for implementation in field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Particular attention was paid to supporting the Xilinx series of chips.
When the design is ready to be placed in a fabric, the developer simply generates an Electronic Design Interchange Format (EDIF) netlist and imports it into a toolkit. Once the netlist is imported, the developer should be able to transfer the circuit via a Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) cable. EDIF netlisting is supported for the XC4000, Virtex, and Virtex-II series of FPGAs.
JHDL was developed at BYU in the Configurable Computing Laboratory, the project initiated in 1997. As of July 2013, the latest update to the JHDL project was made in May 2006 according to the official JDHL website.