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Is familiar with the VHDL-hardware description language and the digital design implementation flow (synthesis tools) from VHDL to layout. Is familiar with the functionality of microcontrollers and basics of programming with assembly language.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.02.2019 - 27.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Marko Kosunen, Kari Stadius

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marko Kosunen, Kari Stadius

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Six coding exercises that teach the elementary structures of VHDL and simulation methods. Self -guided design project about VHDL description of a microcontroller and its synthesis to layout with digital synthesis and place-and-route-tools.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Passed VHDL-coding exercises and study diary of the design project.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Introductory lectures  (2h, 2 times)

    VHDL-coding exercises (2h, 6 times)

    Microcontroller implementation with VHDL  as self-paced project 110h. Possibility for guidance in weekly exercise hours (2h per week).


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Handouts, P. Ashenden, "Designers guide to VHDL", Third edition, Elsevier, 2008.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    S-87.3186 and S-87.3187

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