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Overview

Digital Design and Computer Architecture

Second Edition

David Money Harris and Sarah L. Harris

"Harris and Harris have taken the popular pedagogy from Computer Organization and Design down to the next level of refinement, showing in detail how to build a MIPS microprocessor in both Verilog and VHDL. Given the exciting opportunity that students have to run large digital designs on modern FGPAs, the approach the authors take in this book is both informative and enlightening."

—David A. Patterson, University of California at Berkeley, Co-author of Computer Organization and Design

Digital Design and Computer Architecture takes a unique and modern approach to digital design. Beginning with digital logic gates and progressing to the design of combinational and sequential circuits, Harris and Harris use these fundamental building blocks as the basis for what follows: the design of an actual MIPS processor. SystemVerilog and VHDL are integrated throughout the text in examples illustrating the methods and techniques for CAD-based circuit design. By the end of this book, readers will be able to build their own microprocessor and will have a top-to-bottom understanding of how it works. Harris and Harris have combined an engaging and humorous writing style with an updated and hands-on approach to digital design.

This second edition has been updated with new content on I/O systems in the context of general purpose processors found in a PC as well as microcontrollers found almost everywhere. The new edition provides practical examples of how to interface with peripherals using RS232, SPI, motor control, interrupts, wireless, and analog-to-digital conversion. High-level descriptions of I/O interfaces found in PCs include USB, SDRAM, WiFi, PCI Express, and others. In addition to expanded and updated material throughout, SystemVerilog is now featured in the programming and code examples (replacing Verilog), alongside VHDL. This new edition also provides additional exercises and a new appendix on C programming to strengthen the connection between programming and processor architecture.

SECOND Edition Features

  • Covers the fundamentals of digital logic design and reinforces logic concepts through the design of a MIPS microprocessor.
  • Features side-by-side examples of the two most prominent Hardware Description Languages (HDLs)—SystemVerilog and VHDL—which illustrate and compare the ways each can be used in the design of digital systems.
  • Includes examples throughout the text that enhance the reader’s understanding and retention of key concepts and techniques.
  • Companion Web site includes links to CAD tools for FPGA design from Altera and Mentor Graphics, lecture slides, laboratory projects, and solutions to exercises.

David Money Harris Professor of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

Sarah L. Harris Associate Professor of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"…intended as a course text for college or university level students, this book would serve just as well for anyone who just wants to learn about computer architecture or design… it stands as one of the best introductions to the subject and seems ideal for anyone wanting to learn digital design with no prior knowledge. The time investment would be handsomely rewarded and the range of topics covered, as well as the clear explanation of trickier issues, is extremely impressive."—BCS.org, April 2013 "Harris and Harris have taken the popular pedagogy from Computer Organization and Design down to the next level of refinement, showing in detail how to build a MIPS microprocessor in both Verilog and VHDL. Given the exciting opportunity that students have to run large digital designs on modern FGPAs, the approach the authors take in this book is both informative and enlightening."-David A. Patterson, University of California at Berkeley, Co-author ofComputer Organization and Design "Developed at Harvey Mudd College, this undergraduate textbook introduces combinatorial logic and sequential logic circuit design, describes the computer's microarchitecture that connects hardware with software, and explains how to build a MIPS microprocessor."—Reference and Research Book News, February 2013
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123944245
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 712
  • Sales rank: 435,225
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Money Harris is an associate professor of engineering at Harvey Mudd College. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and his M.Eng. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. Before attending Stanford, he worked at Intel as a logic and circuit designer on the Itanium and Pentium II processors. Since then, he has consulted at Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Evans & Sutherland, and other design companies.

David’s passions include teaching, building chips, and exploring the outdoors. When he is not at work, he can usually be found hiking, mountaineering, or rock climbing. He particularly enjoys hiking with his son, Abraham, who was born at the start of this book project. David holds about a dozen patents and is the author of three other textbooks on chip design, as well as two guidebooks to the Southern California mountains.

Sarah L. Harris is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Before attending Stanford, she received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University. Sarah has also worked with Hewlett-Packard, the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Nvidia, and Microsoft Research in Beijing.
Sarah loves teaching, exploring and developing new technologies, traveling, wind surfing, rock climbing, and playing the guitar. Her recent exploits include researching sketching interfaces for digital circuit design, acting as a science correspondent for a National Public Radio affiliate, and learning how to kite surf. She speaks four languages and looks forward to learning more in the near future.

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Table of Contents

1. From Zero to One

2. Combinational Logic Design

3. Sequential Logic Design

4. Hardware Description Languages

5. Digital Building Blocks

6. Architecture

7. Microarchitecture

8. Memory and I/O Systems

A. Digital System Implementation

B. MIPS Instructions

C. C Programming

Further Reading

Index

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  • Posted September 29, 2012

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Are you a student looking for a rapid-paced, single-semester introduction to digital design and computer architecture! If you are, then this book is for you. Authors David Harris and Sarah Harris, have done an outstanding job of writing a second edition of a book that presents digital logic design from the perspective of computer architecture, starting at the beginning with 1’s and 0’s, and leading students through the design of a MIPS microprocessor. Both authors, begin by focusing on the principles for understanding and designing complex systems. In addition, they focus on combinational circuits, circuits whose outputs depend only on the current values of the inputs. The authors then, cover the analysis and design of sequential logic. Next, they discuss how System Verilog and VHDL are built on similar principles, but have a different syntax. The authors then explore the digital building blocks that are used in many digital systems. They continue by discussing the most commonly used MIPS instructions. In addition, the authors describe different ways to build MIPS processors, each with a different performance and cost trade-offs. Finally, they introduce cache and virtual memory organizations that use a hierarchy of memories to approximate an ideal large, fast, inexpensive memory. This excellent book is unique in its side-by-side presentation of SystemVerilog and VHDL, enabling the reader to learn two languages. Perhaps more importantly, this great book has conveyed the beauty and thrill of the art; as well as, the engineering knowledge.

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