ELEC4406 Digital System Design

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
The unit introduces the design principles, methodologies and technologies used to design, simulate, validate, and test modern digital systems. Topics covered include: design process abstractions; hardware description language (HDL); methodologies and tools for automated design synthesis; implementation technologies with an emphasis on FPGAs; memories, digital system hardware architectures and programming; information paths, interfacing and communication protocols; low-power and high-speed digital design techniques; clocking and timing issues; design for testability, fault tolerant design and system reliability, design verification and testing.
Students are able to (1) apply design process abstractions to build and analyse complex digital systems, with a clear understanding of the limitations of such abstractions; (2) model digital hardware architectures at different levels of abstractions using VHDL as hardware description language; (3) model autonomous concurrent processes in a digital system; (4) use computer-aided tools and FPGAs to synthesize digital systems from VHDL; (5) explain how various digital system architectures and building blocks operate, are interfaced and communicate with each other; and (6) apply test and verification strategies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) laboratories; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Victor Sreeram
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation
Software Engineering specialisation)
the Master of Information Technology
ENSC3020 Introduction to Digital Embedded Systems; for pre-2017 courses: ENSC3017 Circuits and Electronics
Contact hours
48 hours (lectures 36 hours: practical classes: 12 hours: laboratories 12 hours)
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