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Work In Progress: Computer Design for Intermediate-Level Digital Systems Course

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1 Author(s)
Mealy, B.J. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., California Polytech. State Univ., San Luis Obispo, CA

The flexibility of programmable logic devices (PLDs) and their supporting CAD (computer aided design) tools make PLDs ideal for digital systems design courses. This paper outlines a computer design-based course and supporting laboratory targeted for students with intermediate-level digital design skills. The unifying theme of this course is the design, implementation, and programming of a relatively complex microcontroller (MCU). This course emphasizes the development and subsequent integration of basic individual computer building blocks using a hardware description language (HDL). The major topics in the course include finite state machine (FSM) design, computer system architecture, and assembly language programming. Placing emphasis on a hierarchical design approach and ensuring continuity in the course topics reduces potential difficulties in presenting this scope of topics

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 36th Annual

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27-31 Oct. 2006