Instructional tools for designing and analysing a very simple CPU

John D. Carpinelli, Titu Zaman

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The Very Simple CPU is an instructional aid developed to introduce students to the process of designing a microprocessor. It allows students to focus on design principles without becoming overwhelmed with complex design specifications. This paper describes the CPU and two tools used to teach students about CPU design, VHDL implementations and a Java-based simulator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-270
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Electrical Engineering and Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Computer architecture
  • Simulation
  • VHDL


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