cod. 16177

Academic year 2017/18
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Elettronica (ING-INF/01)
Ingegneria elettronica
Type of training activity
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course will provide the basis for the study of digital systems. The
main techniques of synthesis of digital systems will be presented and the
architecture of most important programmable devices will be introduced.
In addition, the major issues of system configurations and the most
important application fields will be discussed


Elettronica I (recommended)

Course unit content

Introduction to microelectronic Technologies
Semiconductor memories: architecture and functional blocks, read-only
memories, non-volatile memory, read-write memories
Implementation Strategies for Digital ICs
CPLD and FPGA Architecture
Microcontroller Architecture
DSP Architecture
Laboratory exercises

Full programme

Introduction: (2h)
The manufacturing process: manufacturing CMOS Integrated Circuits (4h)
Implementation Strategies for Digital ICs (16h)
• Custom Circuit Design
• Cell-Based Design Methodology
• Macrocells, magacells and Intellectual Property
• Array Based Implementation Approaches
• Complex Programmable Logic Device: CPLD
• Field Programmable Gate Array: le FPGA
• The FPGA programmable interconnect points, evaluation of parasitics and of the RC delay
• Advanced FPGA
Microcontroller Architecture (12h)
• memory classification and organization
• memory architectures and building blocks
• Microcontroller architecture
• the I/O ports, Counters and Timers, Serial Ports
DSP Architecture (4h)
PLC Architecture (2h)
Laboratory exercises (4h)
• simple exercise on an ARDUINO system


- J.M. Rabaey, A. Chandrakasan, B. Nikolic, "Digital Integrated Circuits, a
Design Perspective", Prentice Hall, second edition
- Paolo Spirito, “Elettronica digitale”, McGraw-Hill

Teaching methods

traditional classroom lessons

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral discussion.
The student gets at least two questions on topics covered during the course. The exam is passed if a sufficient evaluation is achieved on both questions.
During the exam the student has to demonstrate to have mastered the basic principles of the architecture of digital systems, understanding strengths and weaknesses .

Other information

slides related to the course can be find: http://elly.dii.unipr.it/