Systems-on-Chip Design
COE838 / EE8221
B.Eng. 4th Year, MASc/MEng/PhD
Lecture: DCC204        Lab: ENG412
Gul N. Khan

  Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering
COE838 / EE8221: Systems on Chip Design


 Course Outline

 Lecture Notes


 Support Material

 Problem Sets

 Sample-Mid-term Exam

 Sample-Final Exam


 Welcome to  COE838/EE8221 "Systems on Chip Design" website for Winter 2024. 
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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, ARM Cortex A9, and other CPU 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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  COE838 Course Outline Winter 2024 
Text and Reference Books
1.  M. Wolf, Computer as Components: Principles of Embedded Computing System Design, 3rd/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.

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  Dr. Gul N. Khan Phone #: (416) 979-5000 ext. 556084 
  Consultation:  Wednesday 12:00-1:00PM after the lecture or by Appointment
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  Lab Instructor:   Mr. Yoga Suhas Kuruba Manjunath,

  Tentative Course Evaluation and Marking Scheme
  • Labs and Project: 30%
  • Midterm Exam:  25%
  • Final Exam:  45%

 Please Note:
1. There is 5% per day penalty for late submission of the labs and project.
2. All the required course specific written reports including labs and project will be assessed not only on technical and academic merit, but also on the communication skills of the author as exhibited through these reports.
3. Midterm exam will also cover the corresponding laboratories to enforce individual lab attempts. 
4. The students must follow and adhere to the senate policy 60 related to Student Code of Academic Conduct, available at:
5. A tentative schedule of Lectures, Labs and project is posted. There may be some changes in the schedule.
There may also be some changes in the labs and lecture contents and schedule.

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