MITx: 6.004.1x Computation Structures 1: Digital Circuits

A hands-on introduction to the design and implementation of digital systems. Learn the basics of digital circuit design in Part 1 of MIT’s digital systems series.

Course Description

Digital systems are at the heart of the information age in which we live, allowing us to store, communicate and manipulate information quickly and reliably.  This course is a bottom-up exploration of the abstractions, principles, and techniques used in the design of digital systems. If you have a rudimentary knowledge of electricity and some exposure to programming, roll up your sleeves, join in and design a computer system!

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on digital systems, teaching the fundamentals of digital circuit design and is based on a course offered by the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Topics include digital encoding of information, principles of digital signaling; combinational and sequential logic, implementation in CMOS, useful canonical forms, synthesis; latency, throughput and pipelining.

Course Format

The course is divided into four two-week sections:

  • Basics of Information, the Digital Abstraction, Assignment 1
  • CMOS, Combinational Logic, Assignment 2
  • Sequential Logic, Finite-state Machines, Assignment 3
  • Performance Measures, Design Tradeoffs, Assignment 4

Each section consists of two lecture chapters and an assignment.  The lecture chapters are divided into three sections:

  • Lecture Videos – include lecture videos and exercises.
  • Worked Examples – include video of a sample tutorial problem being solved for you, and the sample problem itself.
  • Tutorial Problems – lots of practice problems with detailed solutions to help you master the material.