Digital Design and Computer Architecture (Google eBook)

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Morgan Kaufmann, Jul 26, 2010 - Computers - 592 pages
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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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This book gives a throughout introduction to logic design (also in relation to hardware definition languages) and computer architecture. A bit of the physical foundations is also described, but on a ... Read full review

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Great read!
Great book. Author presents material directly and in an easy to understand manner. Most books that I have tried to read on the subject use professional jargon to confuse readers.


Chapter 1 From Zero to One
Chapter 2 Combinational Logic Design
Chapter 3 Sequential Logic Design
Chapter 4 Hardware Description Languages
Chapter 5 Digital Building Blocks
Chapter 6 Architecture
Chapter 7 Microarchitecture
Chapter 8 Memory Systems
Appendix A Digital System Implementation
Appendix B MIPS Instructions
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About the author (2010)

David Harris is an independent curator and photographic historian, specializing in nineteenth-century and contemporary architectural and landscape photography. Author of numerous essays and reviews, Harris wrote "Gabor Szilasi: Photographs, 1954-1996" (1997), and, with Eric Sandweiss, "Eadweard Muybridge and the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco, 1850-1880 "(1993). Lyman P. Van Slyke taught modern Chinese history at Stanford University until his retirement in 1994. He is the author of five books and numerous articles and essays.

arah Harris is a Holistic Health and Fitness Coach, based out of Toronto, Canada. She enjoys finding creative ways to inspire her clients to help themselves turn their sluggish moods and lifestyle stumbling blocks into increased vitality and overall wellbeing. Sarah's certifications include: Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RNP); C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Level 3; C.H.E.K. Level 2 Practitioner; Yoga Instructor; Reiki Practitioner; Personal, Professional, Spiritual Success Practitioner; and Journeys of Wisdom Holistic Coach Advanced Practitioner. Contact Sarah through her website: and you may be interested in listening to Sarah's insightful and inspiring interviews on her Blog Talk Radio show Wellness by Design Radio at

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