Systems-on-Chip Design
COE 838 / EE 8221
B.Eng. 4th Year, MASc/MEng/PhD
Lecture: TRS3149             Lab: ENG412
Gul N. Khan

  Electrical and Computer Engineering
COE 838/EE 8221: Systems on Chip Design


 Course Outline

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 Support Material

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 Sample-Mid-term Exam

 Sample-Final Exam


 Welcome to  COE 838/EE 8221 "Systems on Chip Design" website for Winter 2020. 
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 This course will cover the basics of system-on-chip (SoC) design, hardware-software co-specification, co-synthesis, network-on-chip (NoC) systems and system-on-programmable-chip technologies. It provides the advance knowledge required for system-on-chip design and development, multi-core architectures and embedded systems on a chip. Students will also be introduced to the main principles of embedded system-on-chip modeling and design using SystemC. Various SoC soft processor cores such as Nios-II, Microblaze, ARM Cortex A9, etc and other SoC IPs will be explored. Various design tools including Altera Quartus II and SOPC builder will be utilized in the labs and projects. Interconnection structures suitable for SoC design will be studied. On-chip busses (e.g. AMBA, Avalon, IBM Core-connect, etc.) and network-on-chip techniques will be covered in detail. SystemC can be employed to present a unified (Hardware and Software) view of various system-on-chip components. SystemC will also be introduced for SoC modeling at the transaction level.

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 Text and Reference Books
1.  M. Wolf, Computer as Components: Principles of Embedded Computing System Design, 3rd or 4th edition Morgan Kaufmann
     Elsevier Publishers  2012, 2016 ISBN 978-0-12-388436-7, ISBN 97801280538741.
2. Michael J. Flynn, Wayne Luk, Computer System Design: System on Chip, John Wiley and Sons Inc. 2011,
    ISBN 978-0-470-64336-5
3. SystemC: From the Ground Up, 2nd Edition, D.C. Black, J Donovan, B. Bunton, A. Keist, Springer 2010,
    ISBN 978-0-387-69958-5.
4. On-Chip Communication Architectures, System on Chip Interconnect, S. Pascricha and N. Dutt, Morgan Kaufmann
    Elsevier Publishers  2008, ISBN 978-0-12-373892-9.
5. Embedded Core Design with FPGAs, Z. Navabi, McGraw-Hill 2007, ISBN 978-0-07-147481-8
    ISBN 0-07-147481-1 

 The instructor will identify some relevant articles from professional magazines. 

  Dr. Gul N. Khan Phone #: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6084 
  Office Hours for Consultation:  Thursday 2:00PM-3:00PM or by Appointment. via e-mail or Zoom meeting 
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  Lab Instructor:   Mr. Mohid Tayyub, 

  Revised Course Evaluation and Marking Scheme due to COVID-19 Situation
  • Labs: 40%
  • Course Project: 5%
  • Midterm Exam:  40%
  • Final Exam:  15% (on-line via e-mail)

 Please Note:
          1. There is 5% per day penalty for late submission of the labs and project.
2. All of the required course specific written reports including labs, projects and assignments will be assessed not only on their technical or academic merit, but also on the communication skills of the author as exhibited through these reports.
          3. In order to achieve a passing grade in the course, the student must pass both the theory and laboratory/project components. 
          4. Midterm exam will also cover the corresponding laboratories to enforce individual lab attempts. 
          5. The students must follow and adhere to the senate policy 60 on Student Code of Academic Conduct.
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