How can I abstractly describe a sequence of instructions/function at a register transfer level, given a certain set of instructions.

For example, here is the type of questions that we would be asked for our homework.

(1)Implement the following program repeatedly using a single 8-bit adder/subtracter (AS) module, 8-bit registers, as few as possible as small as possible counters and combinational modules of your choice. The AS module executes addition, when control signal c1 is 0 and subtraction when control signal c1 is 1. Every five cycles the 7-bit input variables b, c, and e are updated with new values. All values (given and calculated) are positive. Values a, f, g, h, and d should be available one each clock cycle, in their respective order.

statement 1. a = b + c;

statement 2. f = b + e;

statement 3. g = a − c;

statement 4. h = b + e;

statement 5. d = b − c;

And a more challenging question. Design a system that computes the following expression: F = ax4 + bx3 + cx2 + dx + e The constant values a, b, c, d, and e are stored in five shift registers. Variable x arrives every 8 clock cycles. Use the minimal number of shift registers, multipliers, and adders to design the system.

Im not necessarily looking for answers to this, I just want to know if there is someone that can provide me with certain topics that would allow me to solve these types of problems. Essentially, I want to be guided in the right direction so that I may be able to understand this topic. I understand we have to use ALU's and registers, but how can I translate this to some sort of state table and diagram so that i may implement the situation.

Thanks to all.


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There are hadware description languages https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardware_description_language

A very common one is VHDL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VHDL

But if you are starting with all this you should go to a Digital Systems textbook, normally they start with AHPL (A Hardware Programming Language). Here is a nice introduction to it: http://www.docfoc.com/a-hardware-programming-language


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