182.755 Advanced Digital Design
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 3.0h, 4.5EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.5
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • deal with challenging (timing) issues in digital design (esp. clock domain crossing)
  • explain the theoretical underpinningsof the synchronous design style and its alternatives
  • choose the appropriate style for a given problem
  • describe the involved limitations

Subject of course

  • basic concept and limitations of synchronous design
  • metastability: causes and effects, modelling, MTBU estimation and measurement
  • design and implementation of synchronizers for different settings
  • GALS-Systems (timing domain crossing, pausable clocking)
  • internal design, function and limitations of the basic building blocks of asynchronous design: Muller C-Element and Mutual Exclusion Element
  • asynchronous design methods (bundled data, delay insensitive), handshake principles (2-phase/4-phase) and timing models (bundled data, delay insensitive,...)
  • fundamental description methods for asynchronous design
  • comparison of synchronous and asynchronous logic

Teaching methods

The didactic concept comprises a mix of classic lecture for conveying the basics, and exercises for a first application of the material (and partly an extension through self-study). In the accompanying (optional) lab some design problems need to be solved for the application of the knowlede in a practical setting. This will put the graduate in the position to directly and effectively apply the acquired skills in practice.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

An overview and introduction to this course (as well as other Master courses offered by the ECS group) will be given on

Oct 5th 2022 at 9:15 in the seminar room DE0110 (Treitlstrasse 3, 1st floor) 

The first lecture will then be at 11:15 in the same room.


ECTS breakdown:

27h ...   presence in the lecture / exercise
24h ...   solving the homework assignments
24h ...   preparation for the exam
75h ...  equals 3 ECTS



Course dates

Wed11:00 - 13:0005.10.2022 - 25.01.2023Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed14:00 - 16:0009.11.2022Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed15:00 - 17:0023.11.2022Seminarraum DE0110 Exercise Discussion
Wed15:00 - 17:0014.12.2022Seminarraum DE0110 Exercise Discussion
Wed15:00 - 17:0011.01.2023Seminarraum DE0110 Exercise Discussion
Tue11:00 - 13:0031.01.2023Seminarraum DE0110 Exam
Advanced Digital Design - Single appointments
Wed05.10.202211:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed12.10.202211:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed19.10.202211:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed09.11.202211:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed09.11.202214:00 - 16:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed16.11.202211:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed23.11.202211:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed23.11.202215:00 - 17:00Seminarraum DE0110 Exercise Discussion
Wed30.11.202211:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed07.12.202211:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed14.12.202211:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed14.12.202215:00 - 17:00Seminarraum DE0110 Exercise Discussion
Wed21.12.202211:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed11.01.202311:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed11.01.202315:00 - 17:00Seminarraum DE0110 Exercise Discussion
Wed18.01.202311:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Wed25.01.202311:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Lecture
Tue31.01.202311:00 - 13:00Seminarraum DE0110 Exam

Examination modalities

The course comprises lectures as well as several blocks during which exercises that have been assigned as homework are discussed. The overall grading considers contributions made during the lectures and the discussion blocks (20%), the quality of the homeworks (40%), and the performance in a final written exam (40%).

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
19.09.2022 11:00 15.11.2022 00:00 08.02.2023 00:00

Registration modalities

Course registration will allow you to access the TUWEL course where you can find the link to the online lectures, the relevant course material, upload your homeworks etc.


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 938 Computer Engineering Mandatory elective


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