Course pages 2011–12
No. of lectures and practical classes: 11 + 7
This course is a prerequisite for Operating Systems and Computer Design (Part IB).
The aims of this course are to present the principles of combinational and sequential digital logic design and optimisation at a gate level. The use of transistors for building gates is also introduced.
- Introduction. Semiconductors to computers. Logic variables. Examples of simple logic. Logic gates. Boolean algebra. De Morgan’s theorem.
- Logic minimisation. Truth tables and normal forms. Karnaugh maps.
- Binary adders. Half adder, full adder, ripple carry adder, fast carry generation.
- Combinational logic design: further considerations. Multilevel logic. Gate propagation delay. An introduction to timing diagrams. Hazards and hazard elimination. Other ways to implement combinational logic.
- Introduction to practical classes. Prototyping box. Breadboard and Dual in line (DIL) packages. Wiring. Use of oscilloscope.
- Sequential logic. Memory elements. RS latch. Transparent D latch. Master-slave D flip-flop. T and JK flip-flops. Setup and hold times.
- Sequential logic. Counters: Ripple and synchronous. Shift registers.
- Synchronous State Machines. Moore and Mealy finite state machines (FSMs). Reset and self starting. State transition diagrams.
- Further state machines. State assignment: sequential, sliding, shift register, one hot. Implementation of FSMs.
- Circuits. Solving non-linear circuits. Potential divider. N-channel MOSFET. N-MOS inverter. N-MOS logic. CMOS logic. Logic families. Noise margin. [2 lectures]
At the end of the course students should
- understand the relationships between combination logic and boolean algebra, and between sequential logic and finite state machines;
- be able to design and minimise combinational logic;
- appreciate tradeoffs in complexity and speed of combinational designs;
- understand how state can be stored in a digital logic circuit;
- know how to design a simple finite state machine from a specification and be able to implement this in gates and edge triggered flip-flops;
- understand how to use MOS transistors.
* Harris, D.M. & Harris, S.L. (2007). Digital design and computer architecture. Morgan Kaufmann.
Katz, R.H. (2004). Contemporary logic design. Benjamin/Cummings. The 1994 edition is more than sufficient.
Hayes, J.P. (1993). Introduction to digital logic design. Addison-Wesley.
Books for reference:
Horowitz, P. & Hill, W. (1989). The art of electronics. Cambridge University Press (2nd ed.) (more analog).
Weste, N.H.E. & Harris, D. (2005). CMOS VLSI Design - a circuits and systems perspective. Addison-Wesley (3rd ed.).
Mead, C. & Conway, L. (1980). Introduction to VLSI systems. Addison-Wesley.
Crowe, J. & Hayes-Gill, B. (1998). Introduction to digital electronics. Butterworth-Heinemann.
Gibson, J.R. (1992). Electronic logic circuits. Butterworth-Heinemann.