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Principles of Digital Design

Principles of Digital Design
Author: Daniel D. Gajski
ISBN 13: 9780133011449
ISBN 10: 133011445
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 1996-09-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 447
List Price: $207.60

This book is designed to facilitate a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of design without requiring readers to memorize an excess of confusing technological details. It integrates fundamentals with state-of-the-art techniques in computer design to demonstrate the complete design process, from specification to manufacturing.


  • Presents clear connections between principles and practice. (Throughout)
  • Progresses naturally and patiently through the design process, ranging in complexity from logic and sequential levels to the levels of RISC processors and complete ASICs. (Throughout)
  • Introduces a generic component library that reflects practical design constraints to help explain concepts and implement worked-out examples. (Ch. 5, 7)
  • Takes a contemporary approach to logic and sequential design, emphasizing a coherent design process instead of manual design techniques. (Throughout)
  • Introduces an ASIC design process based on the sequential and behavioral synthesis used in modern CAD tools. (Ch. 8)
  • De-mystifies the art of processor design by extending synthesis techniques to microprocessor design. (Ch. 9)
  • Demonstrates processor design on CISC and RISC processors including instruction set design and datapath design with data-forwarding and branch prediction. (Ch. 9)
  • The book features:
  • Step-by-step design procedures in each chapter.
  • Comprehensive worked examples that demonstrate designer's options and choices. (Throughout)
  • Over 300 color illustrations that use color to enhance learning and material retention.


Provides an understanding of design's fundamental principles, without requiring students to memorize a lot of technological details. Chapters 1 through 7 emphasize the traditional combinatorial and sequential design covered in most computer science and computer engineering curricula. Material on register-transfer design of general-purpose and application-specific processors--generally covered in a second course in digital design or in an introductory course in computer architecture--is also presented. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)