Computer Hardware and Architecture, 8 credits (TSEA83)

Datorkonstruktion, 8 hp

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering Electrical Engineering

Level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Anders Nilsson

Director of studies or equivalent

Tomas Svensson
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CDDD Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 4 (Spring 2017) 1, 2 2, 1 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G1X

Course offered for

  • Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

Computer Hardware and Architecture, Digital Design

Intended learning outcomes

The course gives a basic introduction to how computers work and are constructed at a low level. After the course you shall be able to:

  • Explain how a simple computer is constructed. Which components and why. The computer shall support several addressing modes, branch instructions and subroutines.
  • Perform calculations in binary arithmetic so that you can implement arithmetic instructions in a processor.
  • Explain variations on processor architecture e.g. pipelining, cachememory and RISC.
  • Explain the connexion between hardware, software, system performance and architecture.
  • To achieve these goals both assembler- and microprogramming is used.
  • Design a working digital apparatus, typically a simple computer
  • Formulate a requirement specification
  • Present a structured solution in a design specifikation
  • Translate the design into VHDL, which can be simulated
  • Implement the design with programmable logic
  • Trouble shooting with logic analyzer
  • Write a technical report and give an oral presentation

Course content

  • Computer architecture: Internal dataflow in a simple computer model. Instructions, instruction formats, addressing modes, interrupts, cachememory, pipelining, micro code.
  • Memories: Definitions and concepts. Memory types.
  • Busses: Definitions and concepts. Serial/Paralell, performance
  • Input- and output units. Mapping of devices.
  • Computer graphics, a simple graphics controller, VGA
  • Programmable logic, FPGA, VHDL for FPGA-synthesis,Design examples, synchronism, Components, memories,UART.

Teaching and working methods

The course consists of lectures, 4 laborations (4h each) and a project.

Examination

LAB1Laboratory workU, G2 credits
PRA1Project assignmentU, G6 credits
In the course the marks Failed/Passed are given.

Grades

Two-grade scale, U, G

Other information

Supplementary courses: Computer hardware - a system on chip, Design with microcontrollers, Design of DSP processors 

Department

Institutionen för systemteknik

Director of Studies or equivalent

Tomas Svensson

Examiner

Anders Nilsson

Course website and other links

http://www.isy.liu.se/edu/kurs/TSEA83/

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 44 h
Recommended self-study hours: 169 h

Course literature

Henessy,Patterson. Computer Organization and Design. The Hardware/Software Interface. (Morgan Kaufmann). Clements, Alan. The Principles of Computer Hardware. (Oxford University Press). Föreläsningsunderlag. Laborationshandledningar.
Henessy,Patterson. Computer Organization and Design. The Hardware/Software Interface. (Morgan Kaufmann). Clements, Alan. The Principles of Computer Hardware. (Oxford University Press). Föreläsningsunderlag. Laborationshandledningar.
LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 2 credits
PRA1 Project assignment U, G 6 credits
In the course the marks Failed/Passed are given.

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