ECE 440 – Digital Systems Engineering (Spring 2017)
All assignments are due at the start of class on the specified due date
(by 3 pm PT for outreach students). Late assignments will not
be accepted without prior approval. Each assignment should have your
the course number, the date, and the assignment designation (e.g., HW1,
Attendance is mandatory. Students who miss five or more class periods
will automatically receive a final grade of F.
Logic Design and Verification Using SystemVerilog, Donald Thomas., ISBN-13: 978-1500385781
The Zynq Book and the Tutorials (free PDF download available)
Homework and Quizzes (10%)
Homework will be collected and graded throughout the semester. Students may
work together on homework and should check their answers against the posted
solutions. There may also be unannounced quizzes periodically, perhaps even
daily! It is your responsibility to make sure you are prepared for every
Due Jan 18. HW1
- Due Jan 25. HW2
- Due Feb 1. Exercise 3.1 from SV. (e-mail a single PDF with your code and sims)
- Due Feb 3. E-mail a PDF of a neatly drawn block diagram for the "wrapper" portion of Project 3. You may find some of the handouts on the Design Process useful at some point.
- Due Feb 13. Analyze this amusing little
circuit and explain how the memory
contents are modified as the circuit goes through four
complete cycles of the the four-bit counter.Send your explaination as a
single PDF attachment that includes timing waveforms to illustrate your
- Due Feb 27. E-mail a PDF of a nealty drawn block diagram of your approach
for Project 5, along with a written summary of your approach. Be sure
to identify any necessary state machines and completely label all
status and control signals with recognizable names.
There will be projects throughout the semester, selected to complement the
lectures. Students are to work independently unless specified otherwise, and contact the instructor if
they have questions. Sample reports
Due Jan 20. Complete lab1 of the Vivado Design flow on the Zybo board and submit via e-mail the following deliverables as attachments from your UI
account: (1) The Vivado Messages window with all but "status" selected
(PDF); (2) the Vivado Synthesis Report (PDF); your bit file (BIT). You can download the necessary source files here.
- Due Jan 30. Project 2
- Due Feb 6. Project 3
- Due Feb 22. Create a synthesizable model of the amusing little circuit and perform a behavioral
simulation, monitoring primary I/O and internal signals, then repeat with
post-implementation simulation observing PIO only. (be sure to simulate through four full counter
cycles.) Verify that the memory accesses are the same between the two
simulations. Please e-mail a single PDF of your SystemVerilog code, the simulations, and a brief
commentatry on your experience and observations.
- Due Mar 3 (10 pm). Project 5
- Due Mar 12 (5 pm). Add an ILA to the amusing memory circuit from Project 4 and use
it to capture all of the memory I/O (except for the clock!).
Deliverables: E-mail a single PDF with a screen capture of the
triggered waveforms using the same trigger spec as Dr. J and a brief
paragraph on any trials and tribulations.
- Mar 27 (10 pm). Genomatic. Submit project archive by due data and a brief report by class on Mar 31.
- Apr 3 (10 pm). Carefully follow the steps in Exercise 1C from the The Zynq Book
and verify on a ZYBO. (Download both the PDF of the
tutorials and the Source ZIP file.) See Dr. J's Lessons Learned
"gotchas!" Submit the following screenshots as deliverables: the block
diagram of your Processing System from Vivado; top portion of the hdf
and mss file/tabs; and the SDK log window (after you have launched the
debugger). Paste them all into a single PDF file like this. E-mail the file as an attachment. (Mine was for the Zedboard.)
- Apr 10 (10 pm). Complete Exercise 4A out of the Zynq
Tutorial Book (2ed) on the Zybo, but using Verilog. Zip-n-Ship your
project as an e-mail attachment, along with a PDF of the completed
Block Diagram and the terminal window (Figure 4.21).
- Apr 20 (10 pm). Factorial Co-processor
- May 1 (10 pm). CPU - AXI FIFO - GCD - SPI!
There will be two semester exams and a comprehensive final, weighted equally,
and closed book/computer, open notes (handwritten). Please bring your own paper,
pencils, and an eraser to each exam.
- Feb 15. Topics list
- Mar 29. Topics list
- Final exam. Wed, May 10, 12:30-2:30 pm
ASIC World - SystemVerilog
CMU Advanced Digital Design (see Schedule)
Digilent Zybo board and Resource Center
Documentation and Workshops
Silca EMEA projects on GitHub
High Speed Digital Design
Drawing tools (CFD, DFD, block diagrams): Lucidchart and draw.io
Timing Analyzer or Wavedrom tools for drawing timing diagram
LaTeX2e, the User Guide, and a Not so Short Introduction
proTeXt for Wndows (includes TeXStudio and MiKTeX
PDF Tools: PDF Creator (create and combine), PDFBinder for combining PDF files and doPDF for creating them (or Foxit)