FYS9220 – Real time and embedded data systems

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Course content

Computer technology is integrated in almost all products, from industrial control systems to mobile communication and household machines. The course gives an overview of key issues for the construction and verification of programmable logic and Real-Time / Embedded systems. Keywords: Real-Time operations and Real-Time Operating Systems, concurrent processes, process-to-process communication and synchronization, interrupt handling, resource allocation, software, instrumentation, processor technology, design and development of programmable logic, simulation and verification using VHDL test benches.

Learning outcome

Design and implementation of programmable logic and Real-Time and embedded systems, through lectures and practical lab exercises. Around half of the course is devoted to development of programmable logic (FPGA/VHDL) for embedded systems.



PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

FYS1210 – Elementary electronics with project work og knowledge of at least one high level programming language. FYS3230 – Sensors and measurement technology (continued) and FYS3240 – Data acquisition and control are also recommended.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap against FYS326.

10 credits with FYS4220 – Real time and embedded data systems


The course extends over a full semester with 2 hours of lectures and 4 hours of practical training per week. 6 compulsory exercises and one compulsory project.

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.


Evaluation of six compulsory exercises and a compulsory project that has to be passed before final exam. Final written exam (4 hours).

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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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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)