Introduction to System on Chip Design
Online Course

The Internet of Things promises billions of devices endowed with processing, memory and communication capabilities. These processing nodes will be, in effect, simple Systems on Chips (SoCs) and will need to be inexpensive and able to operate under stringent performance, power and area constraints. This course focuses on building SoCs around Arm Cortex-M0 processors, perfectly suited for IoT needs. Using FPGAs as prototyping platforms, this course explores a typical SoC development process: from creating high level functional specifications to design, implementation and testing on real FPGA hardware using standard hardware description and software programming languages.

 

 

Course Aim

To develop Arm Cortex-M0 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-M processor architectures and Arm Cortex-M based SoCs
  • Design of Arm Cortex-M based SoCs in a standard hardware description language
  • Low-level software design for Arm Cortex-M based SoCs and high-level application development

Intellectual

  • 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

Practical

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

Prerequisites

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

 

Syllabus

1 Introduction to Arm-based System on Chip Design
2 The Arm Cortex-M0 Processor Architecture: Part 1
3 The Arm Cortex-M0 Processor Architecture: Part 2
4 AMBA 3 AHB-Lite Bus Architecture
5 AHB SRAM Memory Controller
6 AHB VGA Peripheral
7 AHB UART Peripheral
8 Timer, GPIO and 7-Segment Peripherals
9 Interrupt Mechanisms
10 Programming an SoC Using C Language
11 Arm CMSIS and Software Drivers
12 Application Programming Interface and Final Application

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

 

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