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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

There have been great advances in semiconductor technology during the last ten years or so. This has led to chips with increased area as well as increased gate density. This module aims to present modern approaches to the design of digital circuits in the VLSI era, particularly the use of hardware description languages such as VHDL.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Understand the principles of designing digital logic circuits; Understand the principles of hardware description languages in particular VHDL in relation to the design of digital systems; Understand the principles of control unit design and design controllers from written specifications; Understand the principles of designing with microcontrollers and controlling/programing microcontroller systems; Understand the principles of testing digital circuits and setup test patterns for specific circuits; Use CAD tools; Make decisions about specific designs, taking account of constraints such as speed, power, size, etc.; Interpret simulation results; Write VHDL hierarchical code for digital systems of a reasonable complexity, compile and simulate the code.

Timetabled teaching activities

Autumn. This module includes 15 hours of lectures, 3 hours of seminars and 12 hours of laboratory sessions.Required self-study: 120 hours

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES3B2-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) 3 hour examination (Summer) 100%
D2 (Assessed/examined work) Design Assessment 40%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 60%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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