For those who want to study retro computing in depth, starting by understanding 74xxx logic and CPU design is (IMHO), one of the best paths there is. Malvino's "Digital Computer Electronics" (DCE), with its SAP-1, 2 and 3 is probable the authoritative book out there, with its designs popularised by Ben Eater's tutorials.

Is there any recent (post-2000) book on Electronics and CPU design that might provide an alternative to Malvino's book? I know of Nissan's "The Elements of Computing Systems" (from the NAND to Tetris series), but I find it lacks the depth of DCE.

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