IN9200 – Advanced Digital System Design

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course provides an in-depth coverage of systematic development, simulation and synthesis of advanced Digital System-on-Chip (SoC) integrated circuits with emphasis on FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology. Lab assignments provide hands-on experience in how SoC design is simulated and implemented in FPGA hardware.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you'll:

  • have an in-depth knowledge of digital integrated circuit hardware design. The emphasis is on FPGA technology, but most of the design techniques can also be applied to ASIC devices.
  • be familiar with the latest state-of-the-art system on chip (SoC) design methodologies, including advanced functional verification, high-level synthesis and partial run-time reconfiguration of FPGA.
  • learn the benefits and drawbacks of the various design methods for solving a problem.
  • have knowledge in both using design tools as well as designing and debugging SoC circuits in FPGA technology.
  • have the knowledge to perform advanced simulation and synthesis of digital systems
  • be able to perform advanced implementation and analysis techniques
  • be able to use alternative and complimenting methods of design and verification of SoC. It will be lab assignments which will give practical experience with these methods.

Admission to the course

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.

Experience with digital integrated circuit design, VHDL and FPGA technology (e.g. from IN3160 – Digital system design ) is highly recommended.

Overlapping courses


Up to 4 hours of lectures/group exercises each week.  Mandatory lab assignments must be completed during the course.

The PhD-variant will have an extended syllabus compared to the main course and the completion of compulsory lab exercises may be more extensive than for the main course.


Oral exam. All mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: IN5200 – Advanced Digital System Design, INF5430 – Advanced digital systems design (continued)INF9430 – Advanced digital systems design (continued)

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 25, 2021 6:17:19 PM

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Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)