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Latches

– we’ve learned all of the VHDL syntax necessary to describe sequential storage elements – Let’s review where sequential devices come from

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SR Latch

- To understand the SR Latch, we must remember the truth table for a NOR Gate AB F 00 1 01 0 10 0 11 0

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SR Latch

- when S=0 & R=0, it puts this circuit into a Bi-stable feedback mode where the output is either: 0 0 0 Q=0, Qn=1 1 0 AB F 00 1 (U2) 01 0 10 0 (U1) 11 0 1 0 Q=1, Qn=0 0 1 0 1 0 AB F 00 1 (U1) 01 0 (U2) 10 0 11 0

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SR Latch

- we can force a known state using S & R: 1 1 0 Set (S=1, R=0) 0 1 0 AB F 00 1 (U1) 01 0 10 0 (U2) 11 0 (U2) 0 0 Reset (S=0, R=1) 1 1 0 1 AB F 00 1 (U2) 01 0 (U1) 10 0 11 0 (U1)

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SR Latch

- we can write a Truth Table for an SR Latch as follows S R 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 Q Last Q 0 1 0 Qn Last Qn 1 0 0 .

- Hold - Reset - Set Don’t Use - S=1 & R=1 forces a 0 on both outputs. However, when the latch comes out of this state it is metastable. This means the final state is unknown.

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S’R’ Latch

- we can also use NAND gates to form an inverted SR Latch S’ R’ 0 0 Q 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 Last Q Qn 1 0 1 Last Qn .

Don’t Use - Set - Reset - Hold

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SR Latch w/ Enable

- we then can add an enable line using NAND gates - remember the Truth Table for a NAND gate AB F 00 1 01 1 10 1 11 0 - a 0 on any input forces a 1 on the output when C=0, the two EN NAND Gate outputs are 1, which forces “Last Q/Qn” - when C=1, S & R are passed through INVERTED

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SR Latch w/ Enable

- the truth table then becomes C S R 1 0 0 Q Last Q 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 x x Last Q Qn Last Qn .

1 0 1 Last Qn - Hold - Reset - Set Don’t Use - Hold

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D Latch

a modification to the SR Latch where R = S’ creates a D-latch - when C=1, Q <= D - when C=0, Q <= Last Value C D 1 0 1 1 0 x Q 0 1 Last Q Qn 1 0 .

- track - track Last Qn - Hold

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VHDL of a D Latch

architecture Dlatch_arch of Dlatch is begin LATCH : process (D,C) begin if (C=‘1’) then Q<=D; Qn<=not D; else Q<=Q; Qn<=Qn; end if; end process; end architecture;

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D-Flip-Flops

- we can combine D-latches to get an edge triggered storage device (or flop) - the first D latch is called the “Master”, the second D-latch the “Slave” Master CLK=0, Q<=D “Open” CLK=1, Q<=Q “Closed” Slave CLK=0, Q<=Q “Close” CLK=1, Q<=D “Open” on a rising edge of clock, D is “latched” and held on Q until the next rising edge

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VHDL of a D-Flip-Flop

architecture DFF_arch of DFF is begin FLOP : process (CLK) begin if ( CLK’event and CLK=1) then -- recognized by all synthesizers as DFF Q<=D; Qn<=not D; else Q<=Q; Qn<=Qn; end if; end process; end architecture;

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Counters

- special name of any clocked sequential circuit whose state diagram is a circle - there are many types of counters, each suited for particular applications

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Binary Counter

- state machine that produces a straight binary count - for n-flip-flops, 2 n counts can be produced - the Next State Logic "F" is a combinational SOP/POS circuit - the speed will be limited by the Setup/Hold and Combinational Delay of "F" - this gives the maximum number of counts for n-flip flops

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Toggle Flop

- a D-Flip-Flop can product a "Divide-by-2" effect by feeding back Qn to D - this topology is also called a "Toggle Flop"

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Ripple Counter

- Cascaded Toggle Flops can be used to form rippled counter - there is no Next State Logic - this is slower than a straight binary counter due to waiting for the "ripple" - this is good for low power, low speed applications

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Synchronous Counter with ENABLE

- an enable can be included in a "Synchronous" binary counter using Toggle Flops - the enabled is implemented by AND'ing the Q output prior to the next toggle flop - this gives us the "ripple" effect, but also gives the ability to run synchronously - a little faster, but still less gates than a straight binary circuit

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Shift Register

- a chain of D-Flip-Flops that pass data to one another - this is good for "pipelining" - also good for Serial-to-Parallel conversion - for n-flip-flops, the data is present at the final state after n clocks

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Ring Counter

- feeding the output of a shift register back to the input creates a "ring counter" - also called a "One Hot" - The first flip-flop needs to reset to 1, while the others reset to 0 - for n flip-flops, there will be n counts

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Johnson Counter

- feeding the inverted output of a shift register back to the input creates a "Johnson Counter" - this gives more states with the same reduced gate count - all flip-flops can reset to 0 - for n flip-flops, there will be 2n counts

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Linear Feedback Shift Register (LFSR) Counter

- all of the counters based off of shift registers give far less states than the 2 n counts that are possible - a LFSR counter is based off of the theory of

finite fields -

created by French Mathematician Evariste Galois (1811-1832) - for each size of shift register, a feedback equation is given which is the sum modulo 2 of a certain set of output bits - this equation produces the input to the shift register - this type of counter can produce 2 n -1 counts, nearly the maximum possible

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Linear Feedback Shift Register (LFSR) Counter

- the feedback equations are listed in Table 8.26 of the textbook - It is defined that bits always shift from X n-1 register previously to X 0 (or Q 0 to Q n-1 ) as we defined the shift - they each use XOR gates (sum modulo 2) of particular bits in the register chain ex) : 8 : 5 6 7 n 2 3 4 Feedback Equation X2 = X1  X0 X3 = X1  X4 = X1  X5 = X2  X6 = X1  X7 = X3  X8 = X4  X0 X0 X0 X0 X0 X3  X2 : :  X0

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Linear Feedback Shift Register (LFSR) Counter

ex) 4-flip-flop LFSR Counter Feedback Equation = X1  X0 (or Q2  Q3 as we defined it) # 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 repeat Q(0:3) 1000 0100 0010 1001 1100 0110 1011 0101 1010 1101 1110 1111 0111 0011 0001 1000 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 Sin 0 0 - this is 2 n -1 unique counts

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Counters in VHDL

- strong type casting in VHDL can make modeling counters difficult (at first glance) - the reason for this is that the STANDARD and STD_LOGIC Packages do not define "+", "-", or inequality operators for BIT_VECTOR or STD_LOGIC_VECTOR types

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Counters in VHDL

- there are a couple ways that we get around this 1) Use the STD_LOGIC_UNSIGNED Package - this package defines "+" and "-" functions for STD_LOGIC_VECTOR - we can use +1 just like normal - the vector will wrap as suspected (1111 - 0000) - one catch is that we can't assign to a Port - we need to create an internal signal of STD_LOGIC_VECTOR for counting - we then assign to the Port at the end

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Counters in VHDL using STD_LOGIC_UNSIGNED

use IEEE.STD_LOGIC_UNSIGNED.ALL; entity counter is Port ( Clock : in STD_LOGIC; Reset : in STD_LOGIC; Direction : in STD_LOGIC; Count_Out : out STD_LOGIC_VECTOR (3 downto 0)); end counter; -- call the package

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Counters in VHDL using STD_LOGIC_UNSIGNED

architecture counter_arch of counter is signal count_temp : std_logic_vector(3 downto 0); begin process (Clock, Reset) begin if (Reset = '0') then count_temp <= "0000"; elsif (Clock='1' and Clock'event) then if (Direction='0') then count_temp <= count_temp + '1'; else count_temp <= count_temp - '1'; end if; end if; end process; -- Notice internal signal -- count_temp can be used on both LHS and RHS Count_Out <= count_temp; end counter_arch; -- assign to Port after the process

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Counters in VHDL

2) Use integers for the counter and then convert back to STD_LOGIC_VECTOR - STD_LOGIC_ARITH is a Package that defines a conversion function - the function is: conv_std_logic_vector (ARG, SIZE) - functions are defined for ARG = integer, unsigned, signed, STD_ULOGIC - SIZE is the number of bits in the vector to convert to, given as an integer - we need to keep track of the RANGE and Counter Overflow

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Counters in VHDL using STD_LOGIC_ARITH

use IEEE.STD_LOGIC_ARITH.ALL; entity counter is Port ( Clock : in STD_LOGIC; Reset : in STD_LOGIC; Direction : in STD_LOGIC; Count_Out : out STD_LOGIC_VECTOR (3 downto 0)); end counter; -- call the package

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### Counters in VHDL using STD_LOGIC_ARITH

architecture counter_arch of counter is signal count_temp : integer range 0 to 15; begin process (Clock, Reset) begin if (Reset = '0') then count_temp <= 0; elsif (Clock='1' and Clock'event) then if (count_temp = 15) then count_temp <= 0; else count_temp <= count_temp + 1; end if; end if; end process; -- Notice internal integer specified with Range -- integer assignment doesn't requires quotes -- we manually check for overflow Count_Out <= conv_std_logic_vector (count_temp, 4); end counter_arch; -- convert integer into a 4-bit STD_LOGIC_VECTOR

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Counters in VHDL

3) Use UNSIGNED data types #'s - STD_LOGIC_ARITH also defines "+", "-", and equality for UNSIGNED types - UNSIGNED is a Data type defined in STD_LOGIC_ARITH - UNSIGNED is an array of STD_LOGIC - An UNSIGNED type is the equivalent to a STD_LOGIC_VECTOR type - the equality operators assume it is unsigned (as opposed to 2's comp SIGNED)

Pro's and Cons

- using integers allows a higher level of abstraction and more functionality can be included - easier to write unsynthesizable code or code that produces unwanted logic - both are synthesizable when written correctly

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Ring Counters in VHDL

- to mimic the shift register behavior, we need access to the signal value before and after clock'event - consider the following concurrent signal assignments: architecture ….

begin Q0 <= Q3; Q1 <= Q0; Q2 <= Q1; Q3 <= Q2; end architecture… - since they are executed concurrently, it is equivalent to Q0=Q1=Q2=Q3, or a simple wire

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Ring Counters in VHDL

- since a process doesn't assign the signal values until it suspends, we can use this to model the "before and after" behavior of a clock event.

process (Clock, Reset) begin if (Reset = '0') then Q0<='1'; Q1<='0'; Q2<='0'; elsif (Clock'event and Clock='1') then Q0<=Q3; Q1<=Q0; Q2<=Q1; end if; end process Q3<='0'; Q3<=Q2; - notice that the signals DO NOT appear in the sensitivity list. If they did the process would continually execute and not be synthesized as a flip-flop structure

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Johnson Counters in VHDL

process (Clock, Reset) begin if (Reset = '0') then Q0<='0'; Q1<='0'; elsif (Clock'event and Clock='1') then Q0<=not Q3; Q1<=Q0; end if; end process Q2<='0'; Q2<=Q1; Q3<='0'; Q3<=Q2;

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Linear Feedback Shift Register Counters in VHDL

process (Clock, Reset) begin if (Reset = '0') then Q0<='0'; Q1<='0'; elsif (Clock'event and Clock='1') then Q0<=Q3 xor Q2; Q1<=Q0; end if; end process Q2<='0'; Q2<=Q1; Q3<='0'; Q3<=Q2;

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Multiple Processes

- we can now use State Machines to control the start/stop/load/reset of counters - each are independent processes that interact with each other through signals - a common task for a state machine is: 1) at a certain state, load and enable a counter 2) go to a state and wait until the counter reaches a certain value 3) when it reaches the certain value, disable the counter and continue to the next state - since the counter runs off of a clock, we know how long it will count between the

start

and

stop

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State Machines

- there is a basic structure for a Clocked, Synchronous State Machine 1) State Memory 2) Next State Logic “G” 3) Output Logic “F” (i.e., flip-flops) (combinational logic) (combinational logic) we’ll revisit F later… - if we keep this structure in mind while designing digital machines in VHDL, then it is a very straight forward task - Each of the parts of the State Machine are modeled with individual processes let’s start by reviewing the design of a state machine using a manual method

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State Machines

“Mealy Outputs” – outputs depend on the Current_State and the Inputs

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State Machines

“Moore Outputs” – outputs depend on the Current_State only

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State Machines

- the steps in a state machine design are: 1) Word Description of the Problem 2) State Diagram 3) State/Output Table 4) State Variable Assignment 5) Choose Flip-Flop type 6) Construct F 7) Construct G 8) Logic Diagram

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State Machine Example “Sequence Detector”

1) Design a machine by hand that takes in a serial bit stream and looks for the pattern “1011”.

When the pattern is found, a signal called “Found” is asserted 2) State Diagram

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State Machine Example “Sequence Detector”

3) State/Output Table Current_State In Next_State S0 S1 S2 S3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 S0 S1 S2 S0 S0 S3 S0 S0 Out (Found) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

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State Machine Example “Sequence Detector”

4) State Variable Assignment – let’s use binary Current_State Q1 Q0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 In 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 Next_State Q1* Q0* 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5) Choose Flip-Flop Type - 99% of the time we use D-Flip-Flops Out Found 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

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State Machine Example “Sequence Detector”

Q1 Q0 6) Construct Next State Logic “F” In 00 0 0

0

Q1* = Q1’∙Q0∙In’ + Q1∙Q0’∙In 1 In 1

0

3 2 01

1

6 11

0

7

0 0

Q1 4 10

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Q0* = Q0’∙In In In Q1 Q0 00 0 0

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Q0 3 2 01

0 0

7 6 11

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Q1 4 10

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Q0

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State Machine Example “Sequence Detector”

7) Construct Output Logic “G” Found = Q1 ∙Q0∙In In In Q1 Q0 00 0 0

0

1 1

0

3 2 01

0 0

7 6 11

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Q1 4 10

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1 0

Q0 8) Logic Diagram - for large designs, this becomes impractical

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State Memory

we use a process that updates the “Current_State” with the “Next_State” we describe DFF’s using (CLK’event and CLK=‘1’) - this will make the assignment on the rising edge of CLK STATE_MEMORY : process (CLK) begin if ( CLK’event and CLK='1') then Current_State <= Next_State; end if; end process; - at this point, we need to discuss State Names

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State Memory using “User-Enumerated Data Types"

- we always want to use descriptive names for our states - we can use a user-enumerated type for this type State_Type is (S0, S1, S2, S3); signal Current_State : State_Type; signal Next_State : State_Type; - this makes our simulations very readable.

State Memory using “Pre-Defined Data Types"

we haven’t encoded the variables though, we can either leave it to the synthesizer or manually do it subtype State_Type is BIT_VECTOR (1 downto 0); constant S0 : State_Type := “00”; constant S1 : State_Type := “01”; constant constant S2 : State_Type S3 : State_Type := “10”; := “11”; signal Current_State signal Next_State : State_Type; : State_Type;

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State Memory with “Synchronous RESET”

STATE_MEMORY : process (CLK) begin if ( CLK’event and CLK='1') then if (Reset = ‘1’) then Current_State <= S0; else Current_State <= Next_State; end if; end if; end process; - name of “reset” state to go to - this design will only observe RESET on the positive edge of clock (i.e., synchronous)

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State Memory with “Asynchronous RESET”

STATE_MEMORY : process (CLK, Reset) begin if (Reset = ‘1’) then Current_State <= S0; elsif ( CLK’event and CLK='1') then Current_State <= Next_State; end if; end process; - name of “reset” state to go to - this design is sensitive to both RESET and the positive edge of clock (i.e., asynchronous)

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Next State Logic “F”

we use another process to construct “F”

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Next State Logic “F”

- the process will be combinational logic NEXT_STATE_LOGIC : process (In, Current_State) begin case (Current_State) is when S0 => if elsif when S1 => if elsif when S2 => if elsif when S3 => if elsif (In=‘0’) then Next_State <= S0; (In=‘1’) then Next_State <= S1; end if; (In=‘0’) then Next_State <= S2; (In=‘1’) then Next_State <= S0; end if; (In=‘0’) then Next_State <= S0; (In=‘1’) then Next_State <= S3; end if; (In=‘0’) then Next_State <= S0; (In=‘1’) then Next_State <= S0; end if; end case; end process;

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Output Logic “G”

we use another process to construct “G” - the expressions in the sensitivity list dictate Mealy/Moore type outputs for now, let’s use combinational logic for G (we’ll go sequential later)

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Output Logic “G”

- Mealy type outputs OUTPUT_LOGIC : process (In, Current_State) begin case (Current_State) is when S0 => if elsif when S1 => if elsif when S2 => if elsif when S3 => if elsif (In=‘0’) then Found <= 0; (In=‘1’) then Found <= 0; end if; (In=‘0’) then Found <= 0; (In=‘1’) then Found <= 0; end if; (In=‘0’) then Found <= 0; (In=‘1’) then Found <= 0; end if; (In=‘0’) then Found <= 0; (In=‘1’) then Found <= 1; end if; end case; end process;

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Output Logic “G”

- Moore type outputs OUTPUT_LOGIC : process (Current_State) begin case (Current_State) is when S0 => Found <= 0; when S1 => Found <= 0; when S2 => Found <= 0; when S3 => Found <= 1; end case; end process; this is just an example, it doesn’t really work for this machine

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Example

Let’s design a 2-bit Up/Down Gray Code Counter using User-Enumerated State Encoding - In=0, Count Up - In=1, Count Down - this will be a Moore Type Machine - no Reset

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Example

let’s collect our thoughts using a State/Output Table Current_State CNT0 CNT1 CNT2 CNT3 In 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 Next_State CNT1 CNT3 CNT2 CNT0 CNT3 CNT1 CNT0 CNT2 Out 00 01 11 10

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Example

architecture CNT_arch of CNT is type State_Type is (CNT0, CNT1, CNT2, CNT3); signal Current_State, Next_State : State_Type; begin STATE_MEMORY : process (CLK) begin if ( CLK’event and CLK='1') then Current_State <= Next_State; end if; end process; NEXT_STATE_LOGIC : process (In, Current_State) begin case (Current_State) is when CNT0 => if elsif when CNT1 => if elsif when CNT2 => if elsif when CNT3 => if elsif end case; end process; OUTPUT_LOGIC : process (Current_State) begin case (Current_State) is when CNT0 => Out <= “00”; when CNT1 => Out <= “01”; when CNT2 => Out <= “11”; when CNT3 => Out <= “10”; end case; end process; end architecture; (In=‘0’) then Next_State <= CNT1; (In=‘1’) then Next_State <= CNT3; end if; (In=‘0’) then Next_State <= CNT2; (In=‘1’) then Next_State <= CNT0; end if; (In=‘0’) then Next_State <= CNT3; (In=‘1’) then Next_State <= CNT1; end if; (In=‘0’) then Next_State <= CNT0; (In=‘1’) then Next_State <= CNT2; end if;

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Example

- in the lab, we may want to observe the states on the LEDs - in this case we want to explicitly encode the STATE variables architecture CNT_arch of CNT is subtype State_Type is BIT_VECTOR (1 dowto 0); constant CNT0 : State_Type := “00”; constant CNT1 : State_Type := “01”; constant CNT2 : State_Type constant CNT3 : State_Type := “10”; := “11”; signal Current_State, Next_State : State_Type;

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State Variable Encoding

- we can decide how we encode our state variables - there are advantages/disadvantages to different techniques

Binary Encoding

- straight encoding of states S0 = “00” S1 = “01” S2 = “10” S3 = “11” - for n states, there are log(n)/log(2) flip-flops needed - this gives the Least # of Flip-Flops Good for “Area” constrained designs - Drawbacks: - multiple bits switch at the same time = Increased Noise & Power the Next State Logic “F” is multi-level = Increased Power and Reduced Speed

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Gray-Code Encoding

- encoding using a gray code where only one bits switches at a time S0 = “00” S1 = “01” S2 = “11” S3 = “10” - for n states, there are log(n)/log(2) flip-flops needed - this gives low Power and Noise due to only one bit switching Good for “Power/Noise” constrained designs - Drawbacks: the Next State Logic “F” is multi-level = Increased Power and Reduced Speed

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One-Hot Encoding

- encoding one flip-flop for each state S0 = “0001” S1 = “0010” S2 = “0100” S3 = “1000” - for n states, there are n flip-flops needed - the combination logic for F is one level (i.e., a Decoder) - Good for Speed Especially good for FPGA due to “Programmable Logic Block” - Drawbacks: - takes more area

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- We typically trade off Speed, Area, and Power One-Hot speed Binary area power Gray

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Pipelined Outputs

- Having combinational logic drive outputs can lead to: - multiple delay paths through the logic - potential for glitches - Both reduce the speed at which the system clock can be ran A good design practice is to pipeline the outputs (i.e., use DFF’s as the output driver)

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Pipelined Outputs

- This gives a smaller Data Uncertainty window on the output - The only consideration is that the output is not present until one clock cycle later

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Pipelined Outputs

- we use a 4 th process for this stage of the State Machine PIPELINED_OUTPUTS : process (CLK) begin if ( CLK’event and CLK='1') then Out <= Next_Out; end if; end process;

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Asynchronous Inputs

- Real world inputs are not phase-locked to the clock - this means an input can change within the Setup/Hold window of the clock - this can send the Machine into an incorrect state we always want to “synchronize” inputs so that this doesn’t happen

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Asynchronous Inputs

- We use D-Flip-Flops to take in the input - with one D-Flip-Flop, the input can still occur within the Setup/Hold window - the output of the first DFF may be metastable for a moment of time (trecovery) - a second DFF is used to latch in the metastable input after it has had time to settle - the output of the second flip-flop is now stable and synchronized as long as: T clk > t recovery + t comb + t setup - where t comb is the delay of any combinational logic in the input path

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