CSE370 Assignment 8

Distributed: 20 November
Due: 27 November


Chapter 4 (pp. 194-202), Chapter 8 (pp. 413-432), Chapter 9 (pp. 449-455 and 460-470), and Chapter 10 (pp. 498-524) of the Katz text.


  1. Design the main data-path component of the CSE370 processor you will complete in the last assignment. The data-path consists of two parts, one for data and one for instruction processing. We will design our processor so that the same component can be used for both parts. This component will consist of the ALU you designed in Assignment 6 augmented with 2 8-bit registers at its inputs. One of the registers will serve as the accumulator register and will have its inputs directly connected to the outputs of the ALU. Each register should also have a separate control signal indicating when it should be loaded with a new value and when it should just hold its current value. Thus, the data path element should have 6 control signals (LoadA, LoadB, ALUop1, ALUop2, ALUop3, EnaA), 3 status outputs (equal to zero, less than zero, and overflow), an 8-bit data inputs (to register B), and an 8-bit tri-stateable output (from register A). The data path element should look like this:

    To be able to tri-state an output, you'll need to use the ABEL .OE suffix. Writing Areg.OE = EnaA; in your EQUATIONS is all you need to do if Areg is aliased to the 8 flip-flops in your A register (e.g., Areg = [A7..A0];).

    Turn in your ABEL and/or schematic files along with simulation waveforms that show in consecutive cycles: the value 7 being loaded into the B register, the value in B transferred to the register A while a new value of 1 is loaded into B, the ALU performing the "A+B" operation and placing the result in A, clear the value of A to 0.

  2. Katz exercise 8.5.
  3. Katz exercise 8.6.
  4. Katz exercise 8.11.
  5. Katz exercise 8.21 using a state diagram rather than an ASM chart.
  6. Katz exercise 8.27 using a synchronous Mealy machine implementation. Describe the state machine using ABEL-HDL and simulate its operation for the case where 2 quarters are dropped into the coin slot (assume enough change is available). Show the waveforms for two sub-cases: one where these is enough change available and one where there isn't.

    Turn in your ABEL file and waveforms for the two situations described above. Also include a rationale for why you picked the state encoding you used.


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