Lectures and labs are conducted on digital logic, flip flops, FPGAs, counters, and finite state machines. The subject prepares students for the design and implementation of a final project of their choice: games, music, digital filters, wireless communications, video, or graphics. It requires extensive use of Verilog to describe and implement digital system designs. Students engage in a group-based lab and project.
Course Lead/Main Instructor
The goal of the subject is for students to get familiar with digital circuit design.
- Design a complicated digital system as a member of a small team, and give effective presentations describing design decisions.
- Explain the elements of digital system abstractions such as digital logic, Boolean algebra, flip-flops, finite-state machines (FSMs), and microprogrammed systems.
- Design simple digital systems based on these digital abstractions, and the “digital paradigm” including discrete, sampled information.
- Use basic digital tools and devices such as digital oscilloscopes, PALs, and VHDL.
- Work in a design team that can propose, design, successfully implement, and report on a digital circuit design project.
- Communicate the purpose and results of a design project in written and oral presentations.
- Use Boolean Algebra and resulting logic for control and data paths.
- Carry out simple design with basic digital building blocks such as multiplexors, selectors, and shift registers.
- Characterize binary signals in terms of: input levels, output levels, and “noise margins”, specifically using the TTL specification.
- Design and implement a simple FSM.
- Design, implement and program a simple microprogrammed sequencer.
- Use component parts, including complex parts, through their specifications.
- Use programmable logic parts for implementation of logical component and system realizations.
- Use industry standard CAD software that implements VHDL and can be used to program devices
- Evaluate a design concept for appropriateness and achievability.
- Organize a design concept into specific parts.
- Debug and test an implementation of a digital design.
- Give oral and written reports on all aspects of a design project.
Cohort based learning, homework, exam, lab, and project.
Text & References
- Morris Mano and Michael D. Ciletti, Digital Design, 5th edition, Pearson (ISBN-13: 9780132774208), 2013.
- H. Katz, G. Borriello, Contemporary Logic Design, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall (ISBN 0201308576), December 2004.
- E. Thomas, P. R. Moorby, The Verilog Hardware Description Language, 5th ed., Kluwer Academic Publishers (ISBN 1402070896), June 2002.
- S. Palnitkar, Verilog HDL, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall (ISBN 0130449113), 2003.
- In-class participation 10%
- Homework 10%
- Exam 20%
- Lab 30%
- Project 30%
Attending exam is compulsory.