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Contemporary Logic Design US ed Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0805327038
ISBN-10: 0805327037
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In the past ten years there has been a revolution in the practice of hardware design. Professionals now rely on CAD software, rapid prototyping, and programmable logic devices to streamline the design process. Contemporary Logic Design is the first text to address these changes and offer a truly modern introduction to logic design. From the first chapter, the author complements his presentation of logic design theory with discussions of current design technologies.

The book provides comprehensive coverage of programmable logic, including ROMs, PALs, and PLAs. A Practical Matters section concludes most chapters, which ties theory to practice and explains design technologies in detail. To synthesize the text coverage of combinational and sequential design methods, the author uses a detailed case study of a simple processor design in the final two chapters.

The text introduces readers to a wide range of software tools, including schematic capture, logic simulation and Boolean minimization, and demonstrates how they fit into the hardware design process. The author also encourages hands-on experimentation with software tools such as LogicWorks to bolster the reader's understanding of practical design methods.

About the Author

Randy Katz is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He recently received a Distinguished Teaching Award for his contributions to engineering education, and he is coinvestigator on a multicampus NSF-sponsored project to restructure education. His research interests include I/O controller design and high performance striped disk and tape subsystems. He has served on the White House Technology Task Force andVice President Gore's "Reinventing Government" Task Force.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 710 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; US ed edition (August 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805327037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805327038
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a sound, competent introduction to the elements of contemporary logic design. It covers all the basics: boolean logic, gate implementations, and the elements of binary arithmetic. It talks about minimization techniques, logic delays, and some of the classic logic implementation technologies (PLAs, decoders, muxes). It gives the basics of common notation, including timing diagrams, gate-level schematics, and so on. The last few chapters discuss synchronous (clocked) design and design of state machines, including standard reduction techniques. All the basics of modern design are there. A good student will start to see the number of different ways any problem can be solved, and start to recongize that no one perspective will solve all problems, at least not well.

Asynchronous logic, based on stable states of combinational circuits with feedback, is one of the topics skipped. That's still important in the interior of flip-flops and in niche application areas, but asynchronous design certainly not in the main stream any more. Likewise, the authors skip over transistor-level design (mostly), the oddities of J-K flops, and most discussion of discrete or MSI logic. Well, that makes sense. Most logic these days is implemented in PALs (which are covered) or larger-scale devices. 7400-level devices have pretty much gone the way of relays and tubes - of historical interest, mostly. Remember that this is "Contemporary" logic, and those aren't big concerns in the daily work of most contemporary logic designers.

There are other omissions that make sense for a first-term course. Hardware description languages (e.g. Verilog or VHDL) are barely mentioned; they're critical in daily practice, but may not be useful until students have mastered this book's level.
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The very fact that several major universities use Contemporary Logic Design for their introductory digital logic design courses is a recommendation in
itself; having taken just such a course using this book, I found both the 'lightweight' examples excellent for breaking new intellectual ground, and the 'in
depth' example projects, developed from the initial specification, through all phases of design, and into the final implementation, often with resultant
waveforms, to provide the much needed feel of the effort involved in a real design project. A perfect introductory text for anyone interested in circuit
logic design.
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When I was going to school at Berkeley I took Mr. Katz's course in logic design (CS150). This book was only in manuscript form at the time, but I found it easy to read and very practical. Now four years out of school, and immersed in the field, I find myself still referring back to it from time to time. That is the mark of a great textbook.
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By A Customer on March 17, 2004
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This book is really well written. Not only is it comprehensive, but it is written in the active tense, and addresses the reader as "you", and talks about "we", etc. This is a big plus in book writing, as too many authors were incorrectly taught that they should write extremely difficult to read texts that are impersonal and unnatural to read (thus distracting the readers from focusing on the material, and instead spending most of their energy on decoding the text).
Mr. Katz knows how to write in a style that is efficient for the reader. His book is well organized, has nice graphics, great examples with accompanying graphically laid out solutions, and great illustrations.
Whenever i look for books, i make sure they have these qualities:
1) Pictures. Face it, w/ the possible exception of the blind, humans think visually. If you can't think of it visually, you won't learn it well.
2) Clarity. Don't waste time struggling with the text. You need that energy to struggle with the MATERIAL itself.
3) Examples. You don't just want example problems where you must do 90% of the work, when the author leaves out the most important and difficult steps. You want examples that really illustrate the the topic of interest while also reinforcing previous topics that are involved in the example.
Katz' book has all of these features. It is no wonder he won the Distinguished Teacher Award. This is the finest textbook i've used in college so far.
Some reviewers have difficulty with the material itself, and perhaps unduly blamed Katz, but i believe an objective analysis of textbook writing will prove that Katz is a very fine author, and this is a very fine book.
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As far as material and explanations, the book is great. I just have no tolerance for the countless number of grammatical errors it contains. At least one on every page. Granted, we are engineering majors, but it's a university-level textbook!
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By Dan on July 17, 2008
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I got this book for a Circuits course. The book is hard to get and incredibly convoluted in a large amount of BS. Hey -- here is an idea?!?!

Here is a circuit.... here is how it works.... this is called that...

When someone is learning new material, call the device the same thing you called it before. If you call it something else, make that transition clear.

EE people can not write books for the life of them, even though they are smarter than God.

Obviously EE and perhaps ECE guys would disagree with me, but that's because the book confirms what they already knew.
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