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ECE 4514 Digital Design II


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ECE 4514 Digital Design II (4C)

In this course, students will learn to use a hardware description language (VHDL) in the digital design process. Emphasis will be on system-level concepts and high-level design representations. Methods will be learned that are appropriate for use in automated synthesis systems. Students will have the opportunity to use commercial schematic capture and simulation tools to design a series of increasingly complex devices. Students will also use a logic synthesis tool and synthesize assignments into Field Programmable Gate Arrays.

What is the reason for this course?

This course provides advanced design techniques for digital systems. Both electrical engineers and computer engineers need to be able to design digital systems.

Design Technical Elective for CPE;. Typically offered: Fall, Spring. Program Area: Computers.

Prerequisites: C- or better in 3544.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

ECPE 3504 is required prerequisite. ECPE 3504 contains material that is directly related to this course. Specifically, familiarity with Boolean Algebra, registers, counters, ROMs, PLAs, multiplexers, Karnaugh Maps, state tables, state assignments, Moore and Mealy circuits and asynchronous devices will be assumed.

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Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • model digital systems using structural and data-flow techniques.
  • model digital systems using behavioral techniques.
  • construct test-bench models for digital systems.
  • construct temporally correct models of combinational and sequential circuits.
  • create structural designs using digital synthesis CAD tools.
  • understand time-area trade-offs in the digital circuit design process.
  • apply appropriate methods for use in automated and synthesis systems.
  • use logic synthesis tools to target Field Programmable Gate arrays.
  • gain design and team work experience.

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
VHDL language syntax 15%
VHDL language semantics overview 15%
Simulating and testing digital systems 15%
Timing modeling and test benches 15%
Algorithmic and behavioral modeling 15%
Introduction to modeling for synthesis 10%
Introduction to synthesis of digital systems 10%
FPGA architectures and design 5%

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