But if you look at the chip more closely, there are a few mysteries. And if you look at the circuit diagram below , why does it look like a random pile of gates rather than being built from standard full adder circuits. And I show how the implements carry lookahead for high speed, resulting in its complex gate structure. The internal structure of the chip is surprisingly complex and difficult to understand at first. The chip is important because of its key role in minicomputer history.

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But if you look at the chip more closely, there are a few mysteries. And if you look at the circuit diagram below , why does it look like a random pile of gates rather than being built from standard full adder circuits. And I show how the implements carry lookahead for high speed, resulting in its complex gate structure. The internal structure of the chip is surprisingly complex and difficult to understand at first. The chip is important because of its key role in minicomputer history.

Before the microprocessor era, minicomputers built their processors from boards of individual chips. Early minicomputers built ALUs out of a large number of simple gates. This chip provided 32 arithmetic and logic functions, as well as carry lookahead for high performance.

Using the chip simplified the design of a minicomputer processor and made it more compact, so it was used in many minicomputers. The is still used today in retro hacker projects.

The datasheet for the ALU chip shows a strange variety of operations. So how is the implemented and why does it include such strange operations? And why are the logic functions and arithmetic functions in any particular row apparently unrelated? I investigated the chip to find out. Why are there 16 possible functions?

If you have a Boolean function f A,B on one-bit inputs, there are 4 rows in the truth table. Each row can output 0 or 1. These 16 functions are selected by the S0-S3 select inputs. It turns out that there is a rational system behind the operation set: they are simply the 16 logic functions added to A along with the carry-in.

Other arithmetic functions take a bit more analysis. The other strange arithmetic functions can be understood similarly. Carry lookahead: how to do fast binary addition The straightforward but slow way to build an adder is to use a simple one-bit full adders for each bit, with the carry out of one adder going into the next adder. To avoid this, the computes the carries first and then adds all four bits in parallel, avoiding the delay of ripple carry.

The answer is carry lookahead. Carry lookahead uses "Generate" and "Propagate" signals to determine if each bit position will always generate a carry or can potentially generate a carry.

This is called the Generate case. This is called the Propagate case since if there is a carry-in, it is propagated to the carry out. The carry from each bit position can be computed from the P and G signals by determining which combinations can produce a carry. For instance, there will be a carry from bit 0 to bit 1 if P0 is set i. Higher-order carries have more cases and are progressively more complicated.

For example, consider the carry in to bit 2. First, P1 must be set for a carry out from bit 1. In addition, a carry either was generated by bit 1 or propagated from bit 0. Finally, the first carry must have come from somewhere: either carry-in, generated from bit 0 or generated from bit 1.

As you can see, the carry logic gets more complicated for higher-order bits, but the point is that each carry can be computed from G and P terms and the carry-in. Thus, the carries can be computed in parallel, before the addition takes place. The next step is to examine how P and G are created when adding an arbitrary Boolean function f A, B , as in the

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## The 74LS181 ALU

Why on earth would you want an oversized replica of an outdated logic chip from nearly five decades ago, we hear you ask? The answer lies in education. If you were to embark on learning about the internals of a microprocessor by taking a modern example such as the one that powers the device on which you are reading this, you would find it to be a daunting task. Simple enough to work your way through the logic The starting point for the student of microprocessor internals often lies in the past. The technology of the early s holds the fundamentals from which a modern processor can be understood, but remains simple enough to grasp in its entirety as a beginner. And for decades the , as an all-in-one 4-bit ALU on a chip that you might have found in a minicomputer at the turn of the s, represented the most convenient way to teach the operation of these devices.

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