Advanced System-on-Chip Design Online Course

The revolution in mobile computing has been driven by the low power and integrated performance available in modern System-on-Chip (SoC) designs. This course outlines a typical advanced SoC design process: from creating high level functional specifications to design, implementation and testing on real hardware using standard hardware description and software programming languages. Taking a hands-on approach covering both theory and practice, the course includes details for designing and developing an image processing demo application.



Course Aim

To develop Arm Cortex-A based SoCs, from creating high level functional specifications to design, implementation and testing on FPGA platforms using standard hardware description and software programming languages


Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of

  • Arm Cortex-A processor architectures and Arm Cortex-A based SoCs
  • Capture the design of Arm Cortex-A based SoCs in a standard hardware description language
  • Low-level software design for Arm Cortex-A based SoCs and high-level application development


  • Ability to use and choose between different techniques for digital system design and capture
  • Ability to evaluate implementation results (e.g. speed, area, power) and correlate them with the corresponding high level design and capture


  • Ability to use commercial tools to develop Arm Cortex-A based SoCs


  • Basics of hardware description language (Verilog or VHDL)
  • Separate purchase of hardware and/or software tools, in order to replicate the course labs



  1. Introduction to Arm-based System on Chip Design
  2. Arm and Arm Processors
  3. Arm Development Studio
  4. Armv7-A/R ISA Overview
  5. Arm Cortex-A9 Processor
  6. AMBA AXI4 Bus Architecture
  7. AXI4-Lite GPIO Peripheral and DDR Memory Controller
  8. AXI UART and AXI4-Stream Peripherals
  9. AXI4-Stream with VGA Output Peripheral
  10. AXI4-Stream with HDMI Input Peripheral
  11. Final Application: Image Processing

The above syllabus is indicative. It might change from time to time.



We have a range of subscription options, from 90, 180 and 360 days, along with lifetime access. Pricing options and the button to purchase access are below.

90 days: USD 16.00
180 days: USD 27.00
360 days: USD 49.00
Lifetime access: USD 93.00


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Interested in more advanced SoC resources? Download our freely accessible Modern System-on-Chip Design on Arm textbook.

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