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Contemporary Logic Design (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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In the decade since the first edition of this book was published, the technologies of digital design have continued to evolve. The evolution has run along two related tracks: the underlying physical technology and the software tools that facilitate the application of new devices. The trends identified in the first edition have continued and promise to continue to do so. Programmable logic is virtually the norm for digital designers and the art of digital design now requires the software skills to deal with hardware description languages.

Hardware designers now spend the majority of their time dealing with software. Specifically, the tools needed to efficiently map digital designs onto the emerging programmable devices that are growing more sophisticated. They capture their design specifications in software with language appropriate for describing the parallelism of hardware; they use software tools to simulate their designs and then to synthesize it into the implementation technology of choice. Design time is radically reduced, as market pressures require products to be introduced quickly at the right price and performance.

Although the complexity of designs is necessitating ever more powerful abstractions, the fundamentals remain unchanged. The contemporary digital designer must have a much broader understanding of the discipline of computation, including both hardware and software. This broader perspective is present in this second edition.

About the Author

Randy Katz received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1983, where he is now the United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published over 230 refereed technical papers, book chapters, and books. He has won numerous awards, including 12 best paper awards, one "test of time" paper award, three best presentation awards, the Outstanding Alumni Award of the Computer Science Division, the CRA Outstanding Service Award, the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Decoration, The IEEE Reynolds Johnson Information Storage Award, the ASEE Frederic E. Terman Award, and the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award. With colleagues at Berkeley, he developed the terminology of and early prototypes for Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID;. While on leave for government service in 1993-1994, he established whitehouse.gov and connected the White House to the Internet.

Gaetano Borriello is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his undergraduate degree from the Polytechnic University, his M.S. degree from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Berkeley he was a member of the research staff at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, where he was one of the designers of the first single-chip integrated Ethernet controller. He joined the faculty at UW in 1988 and received a Distinguished Teaching Award for his contributions in establishing the Computer Engineering undergraduate degree program. His research interests are in the design of ubiquitous computing technologies, the design of the embedded systems that connect the physical and virtual worlds, in the use of wireless sensors to infer human activities, and in creating applications that automatically adapt to their user's context. He is the founding director of Intel Research Seattle, a research laboratory focusing on new technologies and usage models for ubiquitous computing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (December 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201308576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201308570
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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This book is thorough with the simple things, but it brings a surprising combination of sloppy examples, vague descriptions, and poor organization.

That being said, anyone with a decent background in simple logic design should find this book helpful. You can learn the stuff, even if it isn't organized in the most useful way. Overall it is a decent book, and I would recommend it to people interested in low to mid range complexity 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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I had to purchase this book for a Digital Logic class i am taking. I am not very happy with the book since it does not cover concepts in detail (with examples in the text) instead it has questions at the end of the chapter but they do not offer the solutions in the book or online so it makes it difficult to know if you are understanding and getting the questions correct. It also jumps around in the chapters, no chapter is stand alone for a specific area.
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