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2.0 out of 5 starsI'm learning Verilog, this book is all VHDL (which ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2017
I'm learning Verilog, this book is all VHDL (which is different) and system verilog so it hasn't been helpful. I stopped using it (despite the fact that it's required for class I'm taking) since it was actually confusing.
Very detailed overview of building a microprocessor both in the theoretical sense and practical implementation using HDL. It takes you through designing a simplified ARMv4 CPU that performs several common instructions.
This is a very well written book. The wording understandable, but doesn't lose its accuracy or "dumb down" the subject. It covers all the bases needed for some pretty decent digital design (all the way up to a simple MIPS processor). Informative and thought-provoking problems at the end that really tested the knowledge of the subjects. Would recommend for anybody who is new to the subject but wants a good introduction!
I took a digital design class and hated the book. The material is dry in nature, so there's not much you can do to make an enticing design/architecture book. I'm in computer architecture now, and my school is using this book for the first time. I freaking love it. Something about it makes me want to read the whole thing. The art really takes away any intimidation, and the lessons are very concise. Some might feel that there is not enough info in here, but I say "that's what teachers are for!" Anyways, water spilled on my copy and I almost cried. I think I'm going to keep it forever.
Very good introductory book. The organization and flow could be improved but very helpful descriptions and diagrams of circuitry. Also, one of my lightest textbooks as it is a paperback edition and very compact.