Programmable Circuits
2013-2014 - ELE3221 - 10 ECTS

On the basis of

ELE2131 Digitalteknikk og Mikrokontrollere

Expected learning outcomes


  • Know about bus-standards and display systems.
  • Know about applications and types of DSP (Digital Signal Processor).
  • Know about methodes of I/O interfacing.
  • Know about different programmable logic devices and how they are built up and work.
  • Know about how a digital system can be described by using VHDL.
  • Know about boundary-scan and principles of testing of digital designs.
  • Know about the vulnerability of FPGA systems.


  • Be able to program micro processors in bus-solutions.
  • Be able to program FPGA devices with use of VHDL.
  • Be able to use Altera programming tool and developement system Quartus II.

General qualification

  • Presentation both verbal and in writing of results from project work.
  • Utilisation of software tools. 


Microprocessor/microcontroller part will cover:
- I/O interface
- Distributed Microcontroller systems (LonWorks)
- Bus standards
- Display systems
- Digital signal processors (DSP)
FPGA/VHDL part will cover:
- The structure of digital systems
- State machines
- Programmable logic devices
- FPGA families
- Altera development system Quartus II
- Hardware description in VHDL
- Verification of design
- Programming FPGAs
- Boundary Scan testing
- Security in FPGA system

Teaching Methods

Laboratory work
Net Support Learning
Mandatory assignments
Project work

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 5 hours
Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Written exam, 5 hours, counts 70%.
Evaluation of project(s), counts 30%, evaluated by lecturer(s).
Each part must be individually approved, and the projects/mandatory exercises must be passed/approved before taking the exam.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Evaluated by internal lecturer. External examiner shall be used periodically, next time 2014/2015.

Re-sit examination

Ordinary re-sit examination.
The mandatory projects/exercises are valid for one year after they have been accepted.

Examination support


Coursework Requirements

Exact number will be given at the beginning of the semester.
The plan is to have 2 projects with marks and 3 mandatory exercises.

Teaching Materials

Introductory VHDL From Simulation to Synthesis - Sudhakar Yalamanchili - ISBN 0-13-080982-9
Computer Busses - W. Buchanan - ISBN 0-340-74076-0

Replacement course for

ELE3161 VHDL-Programmerbare kretser and ELE3072 Mikroprosessorteknikk II (from 2008/2009)