ECE 275 — Sequential Logic Systems
Credits: 3 credits
Text: David M. Harris, Sarah L. Harris - Digital Design and Computer Architecture, (Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann)
- Fundamentals of Digital Logic with Verilog Design (3rd ed.) by Brown and Vranesic.
- Charles Roth, Jr. - Fundamentals of Logic Design (6th Edition) -Cengage Learning (2009)
Prerequisite: ECE 177
Barrows Hall Rm 105,
Office Hours: 2-5pm Mondays and Thursdays. You can book multiple slots for longer questions.
Teaching assistant (TBD)
Office hours: tba
Expected time commitment per week
- Classes: 3 hrs
- Review and homework: 3 hrs
- Labs: 3 hrs
Grading is an unfortunate necessity. Grades are based on the following split. Please note the emphasis on homeworks and labs. You can get 60% of the grades just by finishing homework and labs on time.
- Homework: 30%
- 2 mid-terms and final (Oct. 7, Nov. 9, Dec 14): 30% total (10% each).
- Labs: 30%
- Project: 10%
There will be no make-ups for missed exams. Plan to be there. Late work – generally not accepted without good reason. Grading will be based on absolute scale 90% (A)/80% (B)/70% (C)/60% (D).
Project : Pong game in Verilog
We will be learning Verilog throughout the course, less in the class, more in the labs. By the end of the course, you should know enough Verilog to implement a Pong game on the FPGA board. The labs are designed to help you implement a very basic version of Pong game step by step. Final project will be to add a fancier feature to the already implemented pong game.
Here are some examples from what students did last year:
Approximate Course Outline:
Part 1a: Combinational logic design
- The design process (digital systems, rapid prototyping, etc.)
- Combinational logic (Boolean algebra, truth tables, logic gates, etc.).
- Introduction to CAD tools, Verilog
- Optimization (K-maps, minimization, incompletely specified functions, multiple output circuits, multilevel networks)
Part 1b: Combinational logic design extended
- Number representation and arithmetic circuits.
- Combinational building blocks (multiplexers, demultiplexers, code converters, etc.)
Part 2: Sequential logic design
- Simple sequential circuits: flip-flops, registers and counters.
- Synchronous sequential circuits (state diagrams, state tables, Mealy vs. Moore circuits).
- Design of synchronous circuits using CAD tools.
- Analysis of clocked sequential networks.
- State tables (derivation, reduction, and state assignment).
- Finite state machine optimization.
Part 3: Finer details of leaky abstractions
- Implementation technology (transistor switches, NMOS, CMOS, standard chips, PLD’s, etc.)
- Noise margins, clock skew, propagation delays, hazards
Tests will be closed book, with one A4 size paper as cheat-sheet allowed. Calculators will neither be needed nor allowed.
We will have labs throughout the semester. Please attend in person on your assigned lab day. Each student will be provided hardware that can be taken home. By accepting this hardware, the student is agreeing to return the hardware at the end of the semester with shipping pre-paid by the department. University of Maine administrative policy statements
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