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Hardware and Software Design Interview Questions & Answers - Learning Mode

Hardware and Software Design Interview Questions & Answers - Learning Mode

This description, often called a hardware design model, allows hardware designers to understand how their components fit into a system architecture and provides to software component designers important information needed for software development and interaction with each other.

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Question: Difference between RISC and CISC

Answer: RISC-Means Reduced Instruction Set Computer.a Risc
system has reduced number of instructions and more
importantly it is load store architecture were
pipelining can be implemented easily.Eg.ATMEL AVR

CISC-Means Complex instruction set architecure.A CISC
system has complex instructions such as direct
addition between data in two memory locations.Eg.8085

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Question: Give a circuit to divide frequency of clock cycle by two?

Answer: You can divide the frequency of a clock by just implementing T Flip flop.

Give clock as clock input and tie the T input to logic 1. Source:
Question: What is a real time system?

Answer: A real time system is a computer system that updates the information at the same rate it receives it. It is of two types, hard real time system and a soft real time system.

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Question: What is Finite Automata ?

Question: What is indexing when talking about databases?

Question: Compare the no. of bytes in unix and Dos for long, char, short, int.

Question: Is RISC always fast?

Question: What is a Turing machine?

Answer: A Turing machine is a theoretical computing machine invented by Alan Turing (1937) to serve as an idealized model for mathematical calculation. A Turing machine consists of a line of cells known as a "tape" that can be moved back and forth, an active element known as the "head" that possesses a property known as "state" and that can change the property known as "color" of the active cell underneath it, and a set of instructions for how the head should modify the active cell and move the tape. A Source:
Question: Draw a Transmission Gate-based D-Latch?

Answer: The Transmission-Gate's input is connected to the D_LATCH data input (D), the control input to the Transmission-Gate is connected to the D_LATCH enable input (EN) and the Transmission-Gate output is the D_LATCH output (Q) Source:
Question: How do you detect a sequence of "1101" arriving serially from a signal line?

Answer: Sequence detector : A sequence detector gives an output of 1 on detecting the given sequence else the output is zero.

Ex : if the given sequence to be detected is 111
and input stream is 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1
the output should be 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1.

One of the different possible ways to detect a sequence is using a Mealy type FSM.

Using the following table the State machine can be designed.
since the number of bits in the sequence 1101 is Source:
Question: Memory taken for char *, int * etc.

Question: Suppose you have a combinational circuit between two registers driven by a clock. What will you do if the delay of the combinational circuit is greater than your clock signal?

Answer: Use the concept of register-retiming.
divide the total combinatorial delay in two segments such that individually the delay is less the clock period.
this can be done by inserting a flip-flop in the combinational path.
clock period --- 5 ns
total cominational delay ---- 7
then divide the 7ns path in two path of 4 or 3 (best results are obtained if delays are same for both path i.e 3.5ns) by inserting a flip-flop in between. Source:
Question: Give two ways of converting a two input NAND gate to an inverter.

Answer: One way is shorting the two inputs of the NAND gate and passing the input.

truth table:

A B output
1 1 0
0 0 1

The second way is passing the input to only one input(say A) of the NAND gate.Since the other input(say B) is floating, it is always logic one.

truth table:
A B output
1 1 0
0 1 1 Source:
Back to Hardware Design Interview Questions and Answers page Question : What are the different Adder circuits you studied?

Answer: Adders are generally of five types:
1) Ripple Carry Adder:
The Ripple carry adder(RCA) consists of a building block named Half
Adder(HA) which is cascaded to form a Full Adder(FA). These building
blocks HAs and FAs are also the building blocks of all types of
adders.The n full adders are cascaded to form n bit RCA.
The full adder has three input pins(input Ai,input Bi,carryin Ci) and
two output pins(Sum and Ci+1).Its equations are:
Question: How do you detect if two 8-bit signals are same?

Answer: XOR each bits of A with B (for eg A[0] xor B[0] ) and
so on. the o/p of 8 xor gates are then given as i/p to
an 8-i/p nor gate. if o/p is 1 then A=B. Source:
Question: Design a divide-by-3 sequential circuit with 50% duty circle.

Answer: Take a smiths counter with 3 f/f's
that is to say with 6 states(2*3)
now double the i/p clock frequency to the counter
the o/p of the 3rd f/f is divide by 6 of the i/p with 50% duty cycle
so effectively u got divide by 3 freq with 50% duty cycle Source:
Question: What are set up time & hold time constraints? What do they signify? Which one is critical for estimating maximum clock frequency of a circuit?

Answer: Suppose your flip-flop is positive edge triggered. time for which data should be stable prior to positive edge clock is called setup time constraint .

Time for which data should be stable after the positive edge of clock is called as hold time constraint.

if any of these constraints are violated then flip-flop will enter in meta stable state, in which we cannot determine the output of flip-flop.

there are two equation:
1. Tcq + Tcomb> Tskew + Thold
2. Tcq + Tcomb< Source:
Question: How many processors are there in a pentium microprocessor? In Sparc?

Question: How do you make programs portable on unix and Dos under such circumstances?

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Answer: I want to ask uninterviewed what type of questions are asked?
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