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Digital Circuit Projects: An Overview of Digital Circuits Through Implementing Integrated Circuits

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Charles W. Kann, Gettysburg College

Copyright Year: 2014

Publisher: A.T. Still University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Venkatesh Patil, Adjunct Faculty, Portland State University on 1/24/23

The topics are well covered and starts from basics and slowly builds up to understand various components of digital circuits. read more

Reviewed by Brock LaMeres, Professor, Montana State University - Bozeman on 4/11/19

This book provides a step-by-step guide to building very simple logic circuits. It is intended for a first-time bread-boarder that hasn't done any prototyping before. It is very comprehensive in explaining all that is needed to build the... read more

Reviewed by John Carpinelli, Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology on 3/27/18

This book covers the fundamentals of Boolean logic and digital logic design, and the chapters build upon previous chapters appropriately. This book would serve well for the hobbyist, or as a lab manual for a digital logic lab. It would be nice... read more

Reviewed by Nouhad Rizk, Associate Professor, inst, University of Houston on 3/27/18

This book covers all topics of computer Organization in a very fun and practical way. It gives the student motivation to deep more into the subject of digital circuits with clear instruction. read more

Reviewed by Kevin Nickels, Associate Professor, Trinity University on 4/11/17

Basic combinatorial coverage is pretty solid. Kann mentions NAND-only design, but not NOR-only which is also important, and doesn’t show how to map a minimized function into NANDs. I would have also liked to have seen a section on... read more

Reviewed by Joseph Farbrook, Associate Professor, University of Arizona on 2/8/17

This book covers a very basic understanding of Boolean logic, how Boolean logic can be used to build a computational machine (computer), and demonstrates in both software and hardware how to build a simple computer.The book very effectively builds... read more

Reviewed by Matt Distad, Adjunct Professor, Portland Community College on 8/21/16

This textbook thoroughly covers the very basics of digital circuits, and what is required to implement a basic CPU. read more

Reviewed by Doug Weiss, Instructor, Lane Community College on 1/7/16

As a book that includes a fair amount of circuitry for the student to build, the author is very good in presenting the appropriate theory involved, explaining how the hardware works and identifying common wiring pitfalls. Regarding the components... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Before you start
  • Chapter 2 Overview of a Central Processing
  • Chapter 3 Getting started
  • Chapter 4 Gates
  • Chapter 5 Associative Boolean operators
  • Chapter 6 Adders
  • Chapter 7 Decoders
  • Chapter 8 Multiplexers
  • Chapter 9 Memory basics - flip-flops and latches
  • Chapter 10 Sequential circuits
  • Chapter 11 Use of these ICs in a CPU

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  • About the Book

    Digital circuits, often called Integrated Circuits or ICs, are the central building blocks of a Central Processing Unit (CPU). To understand how a computer works, it is essential to understand the digital circuits which make up the CPU. This text introduces the most important of these digital circuits; adders, decoders, multiplexers, D flip-flops, and simple state machines.

    What makes this textbook unique is that it puts the ability to understand these circuits into the hands of anyone, from hobbyists to students studying Computer Science. This text is designed to teach digital circuits using simple projects the reader can implement. But unlike most lab manuals used in classes in Digital Circuits or Computer Organization classes, this textbook is designed to remove the barrier of a laboratory infrastructure needed in a face-to-face environment at a college or university. This textbook is designed to be used by the reader to create the circuits in their own homes. The textbook is free. The cost of the kits needed to do the labs is reasonable. And the projects are well documented and can be implemented by even novices to electronic projects.

    This text allows professors to add laboratory projects in digital circuits to students in online classes in Computer Organization. This enhances these classes with interesting and fun exercises that reinforce the classroom topics.

    This text can also be used by a hobbyist who wants to learn more about digital circuits and how computers work. The material is presented at a level that someone with no experience in digital circuits and electronics can successfully complete the projects, and gain an understanding of the circuits which go into making up a computer.

    About the Contributors


    Charles W. Kann, Adjunct Professor, Computer Science, Gettysburg College.

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