2021 Switching Circuit Theory

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Computer Science
Instructor(s)
Miyazaki Jun 
Course component(s)
Lecture    (対面)
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue7-8(W933)  Fri7-8(W933)  
Group
-
Course number
CSC.T252
Credits
2
Academic year
2021
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2021/7/27
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on switching circuit theory that is a fundamental theory for designing and analyzing digital circuits.
It is very important to understand that computer hardware is inseparable from software in the field of computer science. Switching circuit theory is a foundation for designing advanced digital circuits, such as processors, and analyzing the behavior of them. To comprehend the behavior of computer hardware also leads to an essential understanding of that of software.
This course covers not only switching circuit theory such as Boolean algebra, Boolean functions, and the methodologies to design combinational and sequential logic circuits, but also a hardware description language which is used for designing logic circuits by software.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will:
- Understand the principles and properties of Boolean algebra and Boolean functions required to understand logic circuits,
- Understand the principles of combinational logic circuits and sequential logic circuits, and the methodologies to design them, and
- Design logic circuits with a hardware description language.

Keywords

Boolean algebra, Boolean function, combinational logic circuit, sequential logic circuit, hardware description language

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the first 70% of each class, the details of topics are described. The remainder will be spent for exercises and their explanation to help students’ comprehension. Two classes will be for exercises at a computer room.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Boolean algebra, Boolean expression and its duality Understand Boolean algebra, logical expression and its duality principle
Class 2 Inclusion relation, maxterm expression, and minterm expression of Boolean functions Understand the inclusion relation of Boolean functions, and the principle of maxterm and minterm expressions
Class 3 NAND form, NOR form, Reed-Muller expansion Understand Boolean expressions by all-NAND or all-NOR operators, and Reed-Muller expansion
Class 4 Unate function, monotonic function, dual function Understand the properties of unate, monotonic, and dual functions
Class 5 Symmetric function, linear function, threshold function Understand the properties of symmetric, linear, and threshold functions
Class 6 Designing combinational logic circuits with the Karnaugh map Understand how to design combinational logic circuits with the Karnaugh map
Class 7 Designing combinational logic circuits by the Quine-McCluskey algorithm Understand how to design combinational logic circuits by the Quine-McCluskey algorithm
Class 8 Programing combinational logic circuits with a hardware description language Understand how to write combinational logic circuits with a hardware description language
Class 9 Organization of sequential logic circuits Understand the mechanism of sequential logic circuits
Class 10 State transition and assignment for sequential logic circuits Understand the state transition and assignment of sequential logic circuits
Class 11 Designing sequential logic circuits with flip-flops Understand how to implement sequential logic circuits with flip-flops
Class 12 Minimizing sequential logic circuits by identifying equivalent states Understand the notion of an equivalent state for minimizing sequential logic circuits
Class 13 Minimizing sequential logic circuits by identifying a compatible state set Understand the notion of a compatible state set for minimizing sequential logic circuits
Class 14 Programing sequential logic circuits with a hardware description language Understand how to write sequential logic circuits with a hardware description language

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

Textbook(s)

A textbook in English will be introduced by instructors.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Tsutomu Sasao, "SWITCHING THEORY FOR LOGIC SYNTHESIS", Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of principles of Boolean algebra, Boolean functions, combinational logic circuits, and sequential logic circuits. Students’ course scores are based on a midterm assignment (40%) and a final exam (60%).

Related courses

  • CSC.T341 : Computer Logic Design
  • CSC.T363 : Computer Architecture
  • CSC.T433 : Advanced Computer Architecture

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary.

Other

COVID-19 precautions may limit the number of students. In that case, the students of computer science department have a priority.

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