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Digital Design: A Systems Approach

This introductory textbook provides students with a system-level perspective and the tools they need to understand, analyze and design digital systems. Going beyond the design of simple combinational and sequential modules, it shows how such modules are used to build complete systems, reflecting real-world digital design. All the essential topics are covered, including design and analysis of combinational and sequential modules, as well as system timing and synchronization. It also teaches how to write Verilog HDL in a productive and maintainable style that enables CAD tools to do much of the tedious work. A complete introduction to digital design is given through clear explanations, extensive examples and online Verilog files. The teaching package is completed with lecture slides, labs and a solutions manual for instructors. Assuming no previous digital knowledge, this textbook is ideal for undergraduate digital design courses that will prepare students for modern digital practice. "Dally and Harting blend circuit and architecture design in a clear and constructive manner on the basis of their exceptional experience in digital design. Students will discover a modern and effective way to understand the fundamental underpinning of digital design, by being exposed to the different abstraction levels and views of computing systems." - Giovanni De Micheli, EPFL Switzerland "Bill and Curt have combined decades of academic and industry experience to produce a textbook that teaches digital system design from a very practical perspective without sacrificing the theoretical understanding needed to train tomorrow's engineers. Their approach pushes students to understand not just what they are designing but also what they are building. By presenting key advanced topics, such as synthesis, delay and logical effort, and synchronization, at the introductory level, this book is in the rare position of providing both practical advice and deep understanding. In doing so, this book will prepare students well even as technology, tools, and techniques change in the future." - David Black-Schaffer, Uppsala University "Everything you would expect from a book on digital design from Prof. Dally. Decades of practical experience are distilled to provide the tools necessary to design and compose complete digital systems. A clear and well written text that covers the basics and system-level issues equally well. An ideal starting point for the microprocessor and SoC designers of the future!" - Robert Mullins, University of Cambridge and the Raspberry Pi Foundation "This textbook sets a new standard for how digital system design is taught to undergraduates. The practical approach and concrete examples provides a solid foundation for anyone who wants to understand or design modern complex digital systems." - Steve Keckler, The University of Texas at Austin "This book not only teaches how to do digital design, but more importantly shows how to do good design. It stresses the importance of modularization with clean interfaces, and the importance of producing digital artifacts that not only meet their specifications, but which can also be easily understood by others. It uses an aptly-chosen set of examples and the Verilog code used to implement them. It includes a section on the design of asynchronous logic, a topic that is likely to become increasingly important as energy consumption becomes a primary concern in digital systems. The final appendix on Verilog coding style is particularly useful. This book will be valuable not only to students, but to practitioners in the area. I recommend it highly." - Chuck Thacker, Microsoft

Hardcover: 636 pages

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 17, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0521199506

ISBN-13: 978-0521199506

Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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The authors give an excellent education about digital computers from the ground up. It starts with Boolean logic, showing how you can abstractly build quite sophisticated digital circuitry from just an AND, OR and inverter circuits. Along the way, the book teaches the use of Verilog, which is the standard hardware description language used by professional designers. The incorporation of Verilog is an improvement over books from earlier years which might (actually, often) omitted any mention. The advantage is that there exist many simulators into which the student [you] can shove a set of equations, and get output of a circuit and its expected behaviour. Going further still, if you write in Verilog, a compiled version can be made, where here an executable means that it can be coded into a Field ProgrammaIble Logic Array. You can write and compile and install as hardware. Quite an advance over pure programming.The text goes on to CMOS logic circuitry. CMOS is the most common way that digital circuits are built these days. BiCMOS and bipolar have largely been supplanted, and you can safely ignore most descriptions of those in other books.As the text progresses, more intricate building blocks are invoked, like multiplexers [muxes] and comparators. But where you should perhaps pay attention is in how arithmetic is done. It all starts with simple adders. You learn about one's complement and two's complement arithmetic. And how subtraction can be fitted into addition, using two's complement. Then about the carry out and carry in bits, when you make longer adders from short adders. It is the delay in carry bits propagating through a daisy chain of such adders that is the fundamental cause of delay in doing adding.

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