Digital Logic Design Principles
November 2000, ©2001
This is an introductory-level book on the principles of digital logic design. Many topics are introduced in an exploratory spirit so students understand the purpose and motivation for their presentation. Modern design methods are introduced including the behavioral specification of systems using a hardware description language (HDL); ABEL is the chosen HDL for this text. The choice of ABEL to facilitate the introduction of the hardware description language as a tool for design minimizes the effort of students to learn the language, thus enabling them to concentrate on the concepts behind designing with an HDL. A chapter on the use of ABEL in the design of circuits using PLDs is also included.
Additional topics covered in the text are combinational and sequential circuit principles and computer organization. The final chapter on computer architecture is a bridge between the traditional subjects covered in the first eight chapters and the contemporary world of ubiquitous computing.
This text is intended for use by first or second-year students of electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science. No previous knowledge of electric circuits or of electronics is assumed.
Switching Algebra and Logic Gates.
Representation and Implementation of Logic Functions.
Combinational Logic Design.
Sequential Circuit Components.
Synchronous Sequential Machines.
Asynchronous Sequential Machines.
Design Using Hardware Description Languages.
Appendix: MOSFETS and Bipolar Junction Transistors.
- Hands on exercises throughout the text.Provides reinforcement for the concepts under study by having students carry out some simple calculations and apply results then under discussion. Solutions are provided in footnotes for independent solving of problems and immediate confirmation of their work.
- New topics introduced in an exploratory spirit. Students develop an understanding of how and why certain methods were invented, and the motivation for doing things. This should be helpful for future tasks they will confront, and keep interest at a high level due to their involvement.
- Later chapters present up-to-date approaches in logic design. Design with hardware description languages is presented. ABEL is used to minimize the burden of complex semantics that other, more powerful languages would require, thus, exposing students to modern design methods with a minimum learning curve.
- Relationship between digital system design and computer architecture is taught. Simple computer architectures are introduced to bridge the gap between logic design and computer design. This allows the student to understand how the concepts in digital design in earlier chapters relate to modern computer systems.