Collaboration Policy:

Unless otherwise noted, you may collaborate with other CSE370 students on the homework assignments. Do not look at homework or exam solutions from previous years. You must spend at least 15 minutes working on a problem before seeking assistance. Collaboration means that you may discuss the problems and make notes during the discussion, but you may not look at other student’s work when writing up your homework. Your homework represents your own work—the homework must show that you understand the material and have worked as an individual on every problem. You may not divide up the task of doing the problem sets in the interpretation of collaboration. You may discuss lecture material with anyone.

Late homework cannot be accepted. Homework is due at the beginning of class on the date indicated by the schedule


Please show all of your work. Your solutions must be legible…we will not spend time trying to decipher poorly written assignments.

For the following problems, you may print the ROM, PLA and PAL worksheets or the worksheet which has all three on one page

1. Text 3.3 a, b, c

2. Text 3.4 a, b, c (Read 3.1.1 (p 99-102))

3. Implement the three functions from problem 1 using a ROM, PLA and PAL. Relabel the variables for the 3.3a to A,B,C,D and implement all three functions first using one ROM, then one PLA and finally one PAL worksheet. Try to minimize the number of AND gates you use in the PLA.

4. Implement the following three functions using a ROM, PLA and PAL.  Again for the PLA, try to minimize the number of AND gates you use.

f1(a,b,c,d) = m(8, 4, 12, 14, 13) + d(10, 6)

f2(a,b,c,d) = m(10, 12, 14) + d(6)

f3(a,b,c,d) = m(10, 4, 11, 13, 15) + d(9, 7)


Complete the Active-HDL Tutorial #2 , making sure you understand everything that it covers. If you run into problems, send us email or try to find us.

Update: The tutorial tells you to use test fixtures to test your circuits for the full adder, and these test fixtures are available here (1-bit), here (4-bit) and here (32-bit).

5. In this problem we are going to design a comparator that compares two 32-bit numbers. This is a function with 64 inputs - the truth table for this function would be truly enormous! We are going to use a "divide-and-conquer" approach. We will first solve a small version of the problem and then use this solution to solve a larger version. We can repeat this process to solve very large problems.  (Link to test fixtures)

a) Extrapolate from what you know about small comparators to estimate the number of gates it would take to implement a 32-bit comparator.

b) First design a 2-bit comparator:  This comparator compares two 2-bit numbers, A and B, on the input and produces two outputs, A=B and A<B.  (A and B are unsigned numbers throughout this exercise.)  Find the minimal 2-level circuit implementation for these two functions.  Make a component for this comparator using Active-HDL.  Use the text fixture compare2_tf.v to test your component.  Print your schematic and console output from the simulation.

c) Now design an 8-bit comparator using four of your 2-bit comparators.  Use the test fixture compare8_tf.v to test your component.  Print your schematic and console output from the simulation.

d) Now design a 32-bit comparator using four of your 8-bit comparators.  (Don't despair!  How can you use the circuit you just designed?  Feel free to cut and paste circuits between schematics, changing what you need to change.) Use the test fixture compare32_tf.v to test your component.  Print your schematic and console output from the simulation.

d) Calculate the worst-case delay of your 32-bit comparator.  Don't look at the simulator waveforms!  Explain why not.  What would be the size and delay of a 512-bit comparator?

6. Design a circuit that counts the number of leading 0’s in an 8-bit number.  For example, 00010100 has 3 leading zeros while 00000100 has 5 leading zeros. You may assume that there is at least one 1 in the number and so there can be at most 7 leading 0’s.  Thus this circuit has 8 inputs and 3 outputs.

a) Design a minimal 2-level circuit.Do not try to draw an 8-input K-map!

b) How does the size of the minimal circuit scale with the number of inputs, N?

[Extra Credit] c) Design a circuit that scales better based on breaking the problem into smaller pieces.

You do not have to make an Active-HDL design for this, but your circuit should be easy to read and check for correctness. Your design should be accompanied by an explanation and examples that show how it works.