IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 2 -- BOOK REVIEWS
Original Publication Date: 1978-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-10
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Dr. Francis P. Mathur: AUTHOR [+3]
BOOK REVIEWS * B78-4 Logic Design Projects Using Standard Integrated Circuits -- John F. Wakerly (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1976, 203 pp., $6.95) * B7co/-5 The Mythical Man-Month -- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. (Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1975, 195 pp., paperback, $6.95) * B78-6 Standardized Development of Computer Software -- Robert C. Tausworthe (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1977, 379 pp., $19.95)
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B78-4 Logic Design Projects Using Standard Integrated Circuits -- John F. Wakerly (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1976, 203 pp., $6.95)
This book is a laboratory manual for logic design projects, useful for a variety of courses, from elementary through advanced. The project descriptions and supporting introductory material were "created during a two-year lab development effort in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University" with the purpose of providing a "framework for experimentation with digital electronics . . . that can turn a student with some digital lecture exposure into a proficient logic designer."
After discussing the needed lab format and its supporting equipment in the "Preface to the Instructor," the author presents an introductory chapter on logic breadboards, briefly covering the various types of boards acceptable practices in using them and some of the equipment (e.g., power supplies, switches, and displays) needed for experimentation.
Chapter 2, on documentation standards, is a strong one. It covers block diagram and logic symbol standards as well as conventions for acceptable documentation of logic designs (e.g., selection of signal names, alternate gate symbols, and drawing layout). A somewhat expanded version of this chapter has been published elsewhere'; it is an excellent supplement to any logic design lab manual
Chapter 3 deals with guidelines for creating more reliable, maintainable, and debuggable designs and with testing and debugging techniques for circuits which do not function as expected.
The remainder of the book is devoted to actual project descriptions.
Chapter 4 contains a series of introductory one-week projects ranging in sophistication from an investigation of TTL logic characteristics to the application of shift registers and binary rate multipliers. Emphasis is placed on providing detailed lecture type background material for each project in order to familiarize the student with the more practical aspects of logic design.
Chapter 5 contains six intermediate one week projects (the chapter title "B-Series Two-Week Projects,"...