Contemporary Logic Design
Second Edition

A Prentice-Hall publication by
Randy H. Katz and Gaetano Borriello
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A Second Edition

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 closely related tracks: the underlying physical technology and the software tools that facilitate the application of the new devices. The trends identified in the first edition have continued stronger than ever and promise to continue for some time to come. Specifically, programmable logic has become virtually the norm for digital designers and the art of digital design now absolutely requires the software skills to deal with hardware description languages. 

No longer do we see the familiar yellow cover of the TTL Data Book on every designerís bookshelf. In fact, for many application areas, even small programmable logic devices (PLDs), the mainstays of the 1970s and early 1980s, are rapidly disappearing. The burgeoning market for smaller, lower power, and more portable devices has driven high levels of integration into almost every product. This also has changed the nature of optimization; the focus is now on what goes into each chip rather than on the collection of individual gates needed to realize the design. The optimizations of today are more and more often made at the architecture level rather than in the switches.

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 ever more sophisticated. They capture their design specifications in software with description languages 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 reduced radically as market pressures require products to be introduced quickly, at the right price and performance.

Although the evergrowing complexity of designs necessitates more powerful abstractions, the fundamentals havenít changed. In fact, the contemporary digital designer must have a broader understanding of the discipline of computation than ever before, including both hardware and software. In this second edition, we provide this broader perspective.

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  • PowerPoint lecture slide sets for each chapter
  • Links to several courses using the text
  • Complete set of laboratory assignments using the Aldec Active-HDL tools
  • Solutions to all the exercisesin the text
  • Two additional chapters on computer organization that extend the book (to be available by fall of 2006)