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Overview

Digital Design and Computer Architecture is designed for courses that combine digital logic design with computer organization/architecture or that teach these subjects as a two-course sequence. Digital Design and Computer Architecture begins with a modern approach by rigorously covering the fundamentals of digital logic design and then introducing Hardware Description Languages (HDLs). Featuring examples of the two most widely-used HDLs, VHDL and Verilog, the first half of the text prepares the reader for what follows in the second: the design of a MIPS Processor. By the end of Digital Design and Computer Architecture, readers will be able to build their own microprocessor and will have a top-to-bottom understanding of how it works--even if they have no formal background in design or architecture beyond an introductory class. David Harris and Sarah Harris combine an engaging and humorous writing style with an updated and hands-on approach to digital design.

· Unique presentation of digital logic design from the perspective of computer architecture using a real instruction set, MIPS.
· Side-by-side examples of the two most prominent Hardware Design Languages--VHDL and Verilog--illustrate and compare the ways the each can be used in the design of digital systems.
· Worked examples conclude each section to enhance the reader's understanding and retention of the material.
· Companion Web site includes links to CAD tools for FPGA design from Xilinx, lecture slides, laboratory projects, and solutions to exercises.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123704979
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 3/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (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 Systems , Appendix A. Digital System Implementation , Appendix B. MIPS Instructions
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  • Posted March 16, 2012

    Excellent First Step into Modern Digital Design

    I have been out of school for a long time, and back when I did circuits, we were wire-wrapping chips of questionable quality. This book starts at the very basics of digital logic, goes in to the physical mechanism or transistors, and rapidly gives you what you need to know to understand combinational logic, sequential logic, and even design and build your own processor!

    Get an HDL simulator like Altera ModelSim, and try it with this book. You'll have a good theoretical and practical understanding of digital design in no time.

    And the characters on the cover are not David and Sarah Harris, they're fictional characters used in many examples, Alyssa Hacker and Ben Bitdiddle.

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