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Techniques for designing purpose-built computer systems

COURSE: Techniques for designing purpose-built computer systems



Number of classes per week: 3+0+0+3

Lecturer: Prof. Aristotel Tentov

Subject of the course content:

Introduction to purpose-built computer systems. History and overview of embedded purpose-built systems. Designing System-on-Chip. Architecture of embedded computer systems. Models and methodologies of system design. Distribution between hardware and software. Design of purpose-built computer systems. Modeling and Simulation of Systems-on-Chip Functional-architectural co-design. Design based on destination platform Mapping Architecture.

Language for hardware description. (Verilog HDL, VHDL, SystemC). Design verification and testability of embedded systems.

System on Chip (SoC) and IP-cores. Using IP-cores for designing system-on-chip.

Techniques for designing energy-efficient and green (green) purpose- and standard- built computer systems. Standard Input / Output. Serial Communication (I2C, SPI IrDA, Uarts). Analog Input / Output.

Microcontrollers 8-bit and 16-bit, Memory, Input / Output, assembly programming. Computer networks in industrial conditions. Applications in industrial conditions. Working in real time.

Hardware and software interfaces and reconfigurable computing. Design of communication for embedded computer systems. Designing energy-efficient computer systems with very high computational power. Synthesis of interfaces.

Languages ​​for description of digital electronic assemblies. Environments for the design and development of digital integrated circuits. Practical examples for designing integrated circuits.


  1. М. Balch, ”Complete Digital Design”, McGraw-Hill, 2000
  2. M. Gilliland, K. Gracey, “The Microcontroller Application Cookbook”, Woodglen Press, 2000
  3. D. M. Harris, S. L. Harris, “Digital Design and Computer Architecture”, 2nd Edition, Morgan Kaufman, 2012
  4. W. Wolf, “Modern VLSI Design: System-on-Chip Design”, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002