FYS4220 – Real Time and Embedded Data Systems

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Course content

This course gives and introduction to the design of digital and embedded systems using programmable logic (FPGA technology). This includes hardware description language (VHDL), verification and testing of digital designs, implementation of embedded systems in FPGAs, and the basic properties of Real-time operating systems.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you will have knowledge of the basic building blocks and functionality of programmable logic devices
  • you will have knowledge of application areas for programmable logic devices
  • you will be able to design a basic digital system using a hardware description language like VHDL
  • you will be able to perform simulation and synthesis of digital systems for FPGAs
  • you will have basic knowledge of embedded and Real-Time operating systems, and be able to implement them on an FPGA


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Recommended previous knowledge

FYS1210 – Elementary Electronics with Project Work and knowledge of at least one high level programming language.

FYS3230 – Sensors and measurement technology (continued), FYS3231 – Sensors and Measurement Technology and FYS3240 – Data Acquisition and Control are also recommended.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FYS9220 – Real Time and Embedded Data Systems


The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department of Physics has to be informed no later than the same day (e-mail studieinfo@fys.uio.no), or else you will lose your place in the course.

The course extends over a full semester with 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of lab per week.

You are recquired to complete five mandatory laboratory assignments to take the final exam.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


The five mandatory laboratory assigments must be approved in order to qualify for the final exam.

The final oral or written exam (4 hours) counts for 100% of your final grade. The form of the exam is decided by the number of students signed up for the course after the deadline.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)