CSE370 Assignment 6

Distributed: 5 November 2004
Due: 12 November 2004

All parts of this homework will be graded.

1. Design and test, using Active-HDL, a 16-bit ALU that executes the functions described in the following table.  The OP Code has three bits and tells the ALU which operation to perform on the two inputs, A and B.  Note that only five of the possible eight OP codes are used – you might think about how to implement other interesting functions.


ALU result

OP Code


A + B



B – A



A + 1


Pass A






Design your ALU using a bit-slice approach.  That is, design a single bit of the ALU that can be copied N times to create an N-bit ALU.  You should with the implementation of your carry-lookahead adder using the components from HW5.  You should be able to just replace the 1-bit adder with the ALU slice you design here, adding the ALU control signals. You do not have to modify the carry-lookahead units at all.  Although the OP Codes were chosen to make things somewhat easy, you will have to convert thiese 3-bit OP Codes into the control signals that the ALU needs.

Test your 16-bit ALU using the test fixture provided here.  Hand in printouts of the schematics/Verilog files of your design, along with a printout of the console that shows that your ALU works correctly.

2. Implement the following circuit that implements the controller for a laser range-finder.  The range-finder works as follows:  When the start button is pressed, a counter is reset and a laser pulse (ping) is emitted.  The counter is then enabled until an echo is detected, at which time the counter is stopped.  The value of the counter represents the distance.

Your control circuit has the following inputs:
            clk, reset
            start                  - Asserted when the start button is pressed.
            echo                 - Asserted when an echo is detected
and the following outputs:
            clearCount        - Assert to clear the counter
            enableCount     - Assert to enable the counter
            ping                  - Cause a laser pulse to be emitted.  Assert for one clock cycle.

a) Draw the state diagram for this controller.

b) Convert the state diagram to a state table.

c) Decide on a state assignment.

d) Synthesize the next state and output logic functions.

e) Draw the final circuit using Active-HDL.

f) Simulate the circuit, using the ClockGen component from lib370 to generate the clock and reset, and Stimulators for the start and echo inputs.  Here is the the counter circuit as a Verilog file.

Turn in everything, including your schematic and printout of the timing diagram that demonstrates that your design works.

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