DIGITAL SYSTEM DESIGN

ELE5DSD

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The subject will focus on advanced design techniques and methodologies in digital system design. Students develop hands-on experience in design, simulation, verification and implementation using industry standard Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools. The subject contents include: digital systems design methodology and design flow; architecture, design and synthesis issues; Register Transfer Level design, coding and synthesis; sequential system design; stare machines; clocking and timing issues; design validation; design for test; boundary scan and build-in self test. Hands-on practical work,assignments and a team project form a major part of the learning in this unit.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDarrell Elton

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ELE2DDP or ELE5FDD or equivalent.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ELE3DDE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Practical Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design experience is an essential prerequisite for this subject.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAdvanced FPGA Design - Architecture, Implementation ans OptimisationPrescribedKilts, S 2007WILEY
ReadingsDigital System Design with VHDLPrescribedZwolinski, M 20042ND EDN PRENTICE-HALL
ReadingsFPGA - Based Systems DesignPrescribedWolf, W 2004PRENTICE HALL
ReadingsFPGA Prototyping by VHDL ExamplesPrescribedChu, PP 2008WILEY
ReadingsModern VLSI Design - System-on-Chip Design (3rd Ed.)PrescribedWolf, W.PRENTICE-HALL (2002)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge of digital systems design using VHDL and Electronic Design Automation tools for implementing and simulating the operation of digital systems in hardware.

Activities:
Lectures cover VHDL design and methodologies for application to the representation of digital systems, from a top-down or bottom up view point. The nature and operation of hardware simulation is also discussed. Lab work covers the hierarchical implementation of a concurrent hardware sub-system
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Explain how electronic design automation process allows design effort to be applied at higher levels of abstraction and how various design descriptions (e.g. state machines) are realised in hardware.

Activities:
The concept of design automation and a structured design flow is introduced. With various lectures each looking at different design description methods and their equivalent hardware associations. In Labs students explore and apply the practical application of design automation and various description methods.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Understand the difference between simulation and synthesis, and know when and how to apply appropriate descriptive/coding techniques for each situation with in the hardware design flow. Understand the nature of programmable logic technology and the synthesis process that converts design descriptions into realisable hardware.

Activities:
Lectures and labs focus on the implementation and testing of synchronous digital hardware. The assignment requires students to demonstrate knowledge and skills covered so far through the design, development and testing development of a digital design on a FPGA and write a report on its development, testing and operation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Demonstrate the capability to work through a complete design cycle for a digital system implemented in programmable logic, using electronic design automation tools and techniques. That is, (a) analyse a problem and specify the required outcomes; (b) produce unique design solutions using state of the art design tools; (c) undertake appropriate testing and simulation to check design integrity; (d) integrate designs into larger systems; and (e) implement a working system in hardware.

Activities:
Design is a creative process where a system of interconnected parts is defined and developed to satisfy a specified objective. There are often numerous solutions to a design problem. Attainment of a "good" solution depends on the designer's knowledge, skills, experience, creative talents & innovative flair. These attributes cannot be "taught" in the traditional sense; they must be acquired by the individual through "hands-on" practical experience & open-ended problem solving. In lectures & tutorials various design solution paths are discussed, both on the macro & micro scale. While labs emphasise practical "hands-on" experience. Assignments & project work involve the development a sequential digital system utilising EDA techniques to specify, design, test & implement the hardware system.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Work as an effective team member within a design team and apply knowledge and skills discussed above to realise a significant digital system.

Activities:
Practical work in the second half of the subject involves students forming in to teams (usually of 4 students) to implement a significant hardware digital system meeting a set of requirements provided to them. Various team roles are introduced and discuss when the project topic is provided. Weekly progress meetings are held where along with overall progress team dynamics and integration issues are also discussed. In the final report each team member is required to write a brief personal reflection on their experience and learning outcomes from the team project.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarrell Elton

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment (approx 1000 words)20 01, 02, 03, 04
one 2-hour examination40 01, 02, 03, 04
Design project (approx 1,200 words/student equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 30 minute practical test10 01, 02, 03, 04