ECE 27000 - Introduction to Digital System Design


A minimum grade of C is required for all BSCmpE students to progress to ECE 36200, and for BSEE students electing to complete ECE 36200 in the future.

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 1 Credits: 4

Counts as:

  • EE Core
  • CMPE Core

Normally Offered:

Each Fall, Spring


On-campus and online


ECE 20100 [may be taken concurrently] or ECE 20001 [may be taken concurrently]

Catalog Description:

An introduction to digital system design, with an emphasis on practical design techniques and circuit implementation.

Required Text(s):


Recommended Text(s):

  1. Digital Design Principles and Practices , 5th Edition , John Wakerly , Pearson Publication , 2018 , ISBN No. 978-0134460093

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. an ability to analyze and design combinational logic circuits. [1]
  2. an ability to analyze and design sequential logic circuits. [1]
  3. an ability to analyze and design computer logic circuits. [1]
  4. an ability to realize, test, and debug practical digital circuits. [2,6]

Lecture Outline:

Week(s) Lecture Topics
1 logic signals; CMOS logic circuits; transmission gates; basic electronic components and concepts; logic levels and noise margins
2 number systems; base conversion; signed number notation; radix addition and subtraction
3 Switching Algebra and Combinational Logic Parts 1-3: switching algebra; combinational circuit analysis and synthesis; characteristics of logic mapping and minimization; timing hazards
4 CMOS logic circuits; logic levels and noise margins; transition time; propagation delay; three-state; current sourcing and sinking; power consumption and decoupling
5 Verilog Hardware Description Language
6 programmable logic devices; combinational building blocks: decoders, encoders, and multiplexers
7 priority encoders; XOR/XNOR functions
8 state machine structure and analysis; clocked synchronous state machine synthesis; state machine design examples: sequence generators, counters and shift registers, sequence recognizers
9 bi-stable elements; set-reset and data latches; data and toggle flip-flops
10 Counters and Shift Registers
11 Comparator circuits
12 adder; subtractor; carry look-ahead adder circuits; multiplier circuits; BCD adder circuits

Lab Outline:

Week(s) Lab Experiments
1 No Lab
2 Lab intro
3 Familiarization with Tools
4 Electrical and timing characteristics of logic gate
5 implementing Boolean expressions and circuits
6 Timing Hazards
8 Intro to Verilog on FPGAd
9 Decoders
10 FSM construction
11 Flip flops and ring counters
12 FSM sequence detector
13 Counters, FSM, hangman game
14 Hexadecimal calculator

Engineering Design Content:

  • Synthesis
  • Analysis
  • Construction
  • Testing

Assessment Method:

Exams, homework and practicals