Digital Design Using VHDL : A System Approach

  • Author: William J. Dally
  • Co-Author: R. Curtis Harting
  • Co- Author: Tor M. Aamodt
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN-13: 9781107098862
  • Pages: 721
  • Binding: Hard Binding
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2016
  • Price UKP: 49.99


About The Book

This introductory textbook provides students with a system-level perspective and the tools they need to understand, analyze and design digital systems. Going beyond the design of simple combinational and sequential modules, it shows how such modules are used to build complete systems, reflecting real-world digital design. All the essential topics are covered, including design and analysis of combinational and sequential modules, as well as system timing and synchronization. It also teaches how to write VHDL-2008 HDL in a productive and maintainable style that enables CAD tools to do much of the tedious work. A complete introduction to digital design is given through clear explanations, extensive examples and online VHDL files. The teaching package is completed with lecture slides, labs and a solutions manual for instructors. Assuming no previous digital knowledge, this textbook is ideal for undergraduate digital design courses that will prepare students for modern digital practice.

Takes a system-level approach that better prepares students for modern digital design in the real world
Includes all the essential topics, from composition of combinational modules to system timing and synchronization
Teaches students how to write VHDL-2008 HDL in a productive and maintainable style that enables modern CAD tools to do much of the tedious work
VHDL files, solutions, slides and labs are provided online

Table Of Contents

Part I. Introduction:
1. The digital abstraction
2. The practice of digital system design
Part II. Combinational Logic:
3. Boolean algebra
4. CMOS logic circuits
5. Delay and power of CMOS circuits
6. Combinational logic design
7. VHDL descriptions of combinational logic
8. Combinational building blocks
9. Combinational examples
Part III. Arithmetic Circuits:
10. Arithmetic circuits
11. Fixed- and floating-point numbers
12. Fast arithmetic circuits
13. Arithmetic examples
Part IV. Synchronous Sequential Logic:
14. Sequential logic
15. Timing constraints
16. Datapath sequential logic
17. Factoring finite-state machines
18. Microcode
19. Sequential examples
Part V. Practical Design:
20. Verification and test
Part VI. System Design:
21. System-level design
22. Interface and system-level timing
23. Pipelines
24. Interconnect
25. Memory systems
Part VII. Asynchronous Logic:
26. Asynchronous sequential circuits
27. Flip-flops
28. Metastability and synchronization failure
29. Synchronizer design
Appendix A. VHDL coding style
Appendix B. VHDL syntax guide

About The Authors

William J. Dally, Stanford University, California
William J. Dally is the Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Engineering at Stanford University and Chief Scientist at NVIDIA Corporation. He and his group have developed system architecture, network architecture, signaling, routing and synchronization technology that can be found in most large parallel computers today. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the ACM and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received numerous honors including the ACM Eckert–Mauchly Award, the IEEE Seymour Cray Award and the ACM Maurice Wilkes Award.

R. Curtis Harting, Google Inc., New York
R. Curtis Harting is a Software Engineer at Google and holds a PhD from Stanford University. He graduated with honors in 2007 from Duke University with a BSE, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. He received his MS in 2009 from Stanford University.

Tor M. Aamodt, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Tor M. Aamodt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Alongside his graduate students, he developed the GPGPU-Sim simulator. Three of his papers related to the architecture of general purpose GPUs have been selected as ‘Top Picks’ by IEEE Micro Magazine and one as a ‘Research Highlight’ by Communications of the ACM magazine. He was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University during his 2012–2013 sabbatical, and from 2004 to 2006 he worked at NVIDIA on the memory system architecture (‘framebuffer’) of the GeForce 8 Series GPU.