FPGA Design for Embedded Systems Specialization

The objective of this course is to acquire proficiency with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA)s for the purpose of creating prototypes or products for a variety of applications. Although FPGA design can be a complex topic, we will introduce it so that, with a little bit of effort, the basic concepts will be easily learned, while also providing a challenge for the more experienced designer. We will explore complexities, capabilities and trends of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) and Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLD). Conception, design, implementation, and debugging skills will be practiced. We will learn specifics around embedded IP and processor cores, including tradeoffs between implementing versus acquiring IP. Projects will involve the latest software and FPGA development tools and hardware platforms to help develop a broad perspective of the capabilities of various Programmable SoC solutions. Topics include:
Verilog, VHDL, and RTL design for FPGA and CPLD architectures
FPGA development tools flow: specify, synthesize, simulate, compile, program and debug
Configurable embedded processors and embedded software
Use of soft-core and hard-core processors and OS options
FPGA System engineering, software-hardware integration, and testing
IP development and incorporating 3rd-party IP
The capstone course will give the learner the opportunity to practice and implement the concepts covered by building FPGA systems based on low cost evaluation boards.
- Create in the FPGA a working system on a chip design with Nios II soft processor, RAM and FLASH memory, and several peripherals.
- Understand and practice all aspects of FPGA development, including conception, design, implementation, and debugging.
- Understand the rationale for each phase of the hardware development flow, including fitting, timing constraints, simulation, and programming.
- Apply hierarchical design methods to create bigger designs in VHDL or Verilog

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FPGA Capstone: Building FPGA Projects (Coursera)

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Hardware Description Languages for FPGA Design (Coursera)

Hardware Description Languages for Logic Design enables students to design circuits using VHDL and Verilog, the most widespread design methods for FPGA Design. It uses natural learning processes to make learning the languages easy. Simple first examples are presented, then language rules and syntax, followed by [...]
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Introduction to FPGA Design for Embedded Systems (Coursera)

Programmable Logic has become more and more common as a core technology used to build electronic systems. By integrating soft-core or hardcore processors, these devices have become complete systems on a chip, steadily displacing general purpose processors and ASICs. In particular, high performance systems are now almost [...]
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