Digital Circuit Projects: An Overview of Digital Circuits Through Implementing Integrated Circuits

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Charles Kann, Gettysburg College

Pub Date: 2014

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Independent

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Reviewed by Nouhad Rizk, Associate Professor, inst, University of Houston , on 3/28/2018.

This book covers all topics of computer Organization in a very fun and practical way. It gives the student motivation to deep more into the subject … read more



Reviewed by John Carpinelli, Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, on 3/28/2018.

This book covers the fundamentals of Boolean logic and digital logic design, and the chapters build upon previous chapters appropriately. This book … read more



Reviewed by Kevin Nickels, Associate Professor, Trinity University, on 4/12/2017.

Basic combinatorial coverage is pretty solid. Kann mentions NAND-only design, but not NOR-only which is also important, and doesn’t show how to map … read more



Reviewed by Joseph Farbrook, Associate Professor, University of Arizona, on 2/9/2017.

This book covers a very basic understanding of Boolean logic, how Boolean logic can be used to build a computational machine (computer), and … read more



Reviewed by Matt Distad, Adjunct Professor, Portland Community College, on 8/22/2016.

This textbook thoroughly covers the very basics of digital circuits, and what is required to implement a basic CPU.… read more



Reviewed by Doug Weiss, Instructor, Lane Community College, on 1/8/2016.

As a book that includes a fair amount of circuitry for the student to build, the author is very good in presenting the appropriate theory involved, … read more


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Before you start

Chapter 2 Overview of a Central Processing

Chapter 3 Getting started

Chapter 4 Gates

Chapter 5 Associative Boolean operators

Chapter 6 Adders

Chapter 7 Decoders

Chapter 8 Multiplexers

Chapter 9 Memory basics - flip-flops and latches

Chapter 10 Sequential circuits

About the Book

Digital circuits, often called Integrated Circuits or ICs, are the central building blocks of a Central Processing Unit (CPU). To understand how a computer works, it is essential to understand the digital circuits which make up the CPU. This text introduces the most important of these digital circuits; adders, decoders, multiplexers, D flip-flops, and simple state machines.

What makes this textbook unique is that it puts the ability to understand these circuits into the hands of anyone, from hobbyists to students studying Computer Science. This text is designed to teach digital circuits using simple projects the reader can implement. But unlike most lab manuals used in classes in Digital Circuits or Computer Organization classes, this textbook is designed to remove the barrier of a laboratory infrastructure needed in a face-to-face environment at a college or university. This textbook is designed to be used by the reader to create the circuits in their own homes. The textbook is free. The cost of the kits needed to do the labs is reasonable. And the projects are well documented and can be implemented by even novices to electronic projects.

This text allows professors to add laboratory projects in digital circuits to students in online classes in Computer Organization. This enhances these classes with interesting and fun exercises that reinforce the classroom topics.

This text can also be used by a hobbyist who wants to learn more about digital circuits and how computers work. The material is presented at a level that someone with no experience in digital circuits and electronics can successfully complete the projects, and gain an understanding of the circuits which go into making up a computer.

About the Contributors


Charles W. Kann, Adjunct Professor, Computer Science, Gettysburg College.