CSE370 Assignment 6

Distributed: 1 November 2006
Due: 8 November 2006


  1. Katz/Borriello, Contemporary Logic Design 2e, Chapter 5 (pp. 221-253).



  1. Construct a 4-bit ripple-carry adder with four full-adder blocks using Aldec ActiveHDL. First construct - out of basic gates from the lib370 library - a single-bit full-adder block to reuse. Verify your design using simulation, turn in the schematic and timing waveforms showing what happens when you have "1111" and "0000" as the numbers to be added and you change the "0000" to "0001". How long does it take the sum to get to the right value? Repeat this experiment starting with "1010" and "0000" and changing the "0000" to "0101".  Explain the differences between the two cases.
  2. Repeat the previous problem but now construct a 4-bit carry-lookahead instead.  Use the same full-adder module as the previous problem. Repeat the two simulations.  How much faster is the carry-lookahead adder in both cases? Explain the differences with the result of the previous problem.  How do your circuits from this problem and the previous one compare in the total number of gates they use (remember to consider gates in all sub-blocks)?
  3. CLD-II, Chapter 5, problem 5.4, parts a and b (use a 9-bit binary representation for the output).
  4. CLD-II, Chapter 5, problem 5.9, parts a and b.
  5. CLD-II, Chapter 5, problem 5.10.



  • To design hierarchical combinational circuits from high-level specifications.
  • To better appreciate the differences between ripple-carry, carry-lookahead, and carry-select adders.


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