Lectures: MWF 10:30 
11:20, 209 Stanger
Grading: There
are 500 total points you can earn in the course: half
from exams and half from project and homework aasignments. I
will discuss in class how I calculate final grades, includign any
details about "curves".
Exams: There will be one
midterm (20%  100 points) and one final examination (30%  150
points). The final will be Friday, December 15 at 9 AM.
Goals: To understand the
theory and application of digital electronics in order to build
computers. You will study the design of two small computers
on paper, and build a small prototype of a computer yourself on a
"breadboard".
Teaching Assistant: The teaching assistant(s) are
Sam Bradford,
Stephen MacSwain,
and Greg
Costello. The TA(s) will check homework assignments,
assist with "breadboard" labdays in class. Feel free to
email any TA to set up 11 meetings for help with HW or breadboard
issues. In addition, Greg will be available Wednesday
evenings in 308 at 7:009:00. Sam and Steve hours are
Mondays 7:009:00.
Assignments and Project:
Your project and all homework assignments will be done in groups
of three, with one grade given to the group. Read our
department's academic
integrity guidelines before you hand in any written work.
The project
is 15% (75 points) of your total grade, and the written homework
is 35% (175 points), comprised of 5 written homework assignments
 each 7% (35 points).
Special Dates: Fridays September 22, and October 6 and 13, are Jewish holidays. I will use these as labdays. The TA(s) will be around to answer questions and do some review and explanation of the hardware kits.
Reference Links
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Week 
Topics 
Reading

1  Introduction  How to Build a
Computer: Theory, Number Representation, Gates,
Circuits, VHDL. 
Chapter 1 
2 
Electricity and
Hardware: Breadboards, Gates, Chips, Ohm's Law,
Voltage, Current, Resistance. 
Yunten + Class Notes 
3  Boolean Algebra, Sums of Prodcuts,
Products of Sums, Karnaugh Maps, Timing Diagrams 
Chapters 23 
45 
Common Combinational Circuits:
Arithmetic and Logic Unit, Decoders, TriState Buffer,
Multiplexers, Comparators, Shifters. 
Chapter 4 
6 
Project Building Orientation: Basic Electronics, Breadboards, Voltmeters, Wires, LEDs, Resistors, Power Supplies, ROMs and PLA's:  Yunten Notes, Class Handouts 
7 
General Combinational
Circuit Synthesis and Review 
Chapters 14 
8 
Basic Sequential
Circuits: Clocks and Timing, Latches and
Flipflops: SR, D, JK, T flip flops, Frequency
Dividers. 
Chapter 5.15.11 
9 
More Sequential Circuits: Finite State Machines (Mealy and Moore machines) as Control Circuits.  Chapter 6 
10 
Midterm Examination  TBA 

1112 
Common Sequential Circuits:
Memory  Registers, Counters, RAM. 
Chapter 5.125.16 
1314 
Simple General
Purpose Microprocessors: Machine Language, Data Path,
Control Unit  FSM's Revisited. How to Build a Computer  Putting it All Together. Four Computers: My Computer, EC1, EC2, The Kit. 
Chapter 8 
15 
Project Building: Design of a
Simple Computer: ALU, Registers, PC, RAM, Bus, I/O, Control
Unit. Overall Design. 
Yunten Notes 