Designing a RISC-V CPU, Part 1: Learning hardware design as a software engineer
Tue 16 February 2021
I have no experience in digital logic design. That is, I didn’t until I recently decided that I would like to try designing my own CPU and running it on an FPGA! If you too are a software engineer with a vague interest in hardware design, I hope this series of posts about what I’ve learnt will be helpful and interesting. In this first installment, I hope to answer these questions:
- What is digital logic design?
- How do I get started, and what tools might I use?
In future installments, I will go into more detail about my CPU design and the RISC-V architecture, as well as hopefully answering these questions:
- What about digital logic design is fundamentally different from software design?
- What about digital logic design is similar to software design?
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