384.156 SoC Architecture and 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.

2020S, VU, 1.0h, 1.5EC


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

- Name at least 3 metrics of performance evaluation of a SoC

- Describe at least two advantage/disadvantage of various SoC implementations (multi-core, reconfigurables, ASIC, and etc.) with respect to other methods.

- List the main advantage and concern regarding dynamic (partial) reconfiguration

- Describe at least two distinctive characteristic of different memory architectures

- List at least two different interconnet technology for on-chip communication and at least two of their applications/distinctive characteristics

- Describe the concept of Cyber Physical SoCs and its main components.

- Name two different major GPU architectures and their difference.

- Explain the concept and advantage of in-memory computation.

- Describe the concept of Self-Aware SoCs and Autonomous SoCs. Also list and two main differences of these systems compared to other emerging technologies.

- List the main advantage and disadvantage of approximate computing.

-Name at least two key aspects of Fault Tolerance and respective design processes.

- Name at least two key aspects of Hardware Security and respective design processes.

Subject of course

In this course you will first get familiarized with the basics of SoCs and its design process. This includes the main components, design flow, manufacturing process, chip basics, performance metrics and floor planning.

You will learn the core concepts and issues of multi-processor systems, pipelining, reconfigurables, dynamic reconfiguration, GPUs, Customized Systems, ASICs, trade-offs and scalability.

Memory hierarchy and in-memory computation will be introduced to you and you will get familiarized with various interconnection issues such as data paths and controls, input/outputs, bus structure and standards as well as the concept of Network on Chip.

You will learn the fundamentals of fault tolerance and hardware security. 

You will be familiarized with the road map and challenges ahead of SoC, future technologies and upcoming concepts such as in-memory computation. You will learn more about CPSoC, self-aware and autonomous SoCs as well as approximate computing. 

Time permitting some additional important topics of the field may be covered as well.


Teaching methods

In this course, modern educational methods based on active engagement of students in the classroom and the learning process are used. There are many in-class group activities, including solving examples, discussions, sharing knowledge, and learning by doing (analogical) activities. These activities are designed to keep students engaged and facilitate the learning of core concepts. Students are then expected to further develop their knowledge and skills by studying course material, active research for other materials relevant to the course topics, and sharing knowledge with their peers and classmates.

Mode of examination


Additional information

This course is part of the Embedded Systems Master Programme, and there specifically of the SoC Track. The Institute of Computer Technology also offers other relevant courses

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Course dates

Tue14:00 - 16:0012.05.2020 - 23.06.2020Office CA0229 (LIVE)Lecture - Online
Thu14:00 - 16:0014.05.2020 - 18.06.2020Office CA0229 (LIVE)Lectures - Online
SoC Architecture and Design - Single appointments
Tue12.05.202014:00 - 16:00Office CA0229Lecture - Online
Thu14.05.202014:00 - 16:00Office CA0229Lectures - Online
Tue19.05.202014:00 - 16:00Office CA0229Lecture - Online
Tue26.05.202014:00 - 16:00Office CA0229Lecture - Online
Thu28.05.202014:00 - 16:00Office CA0229Lectures - Online
Thu04.06.202014:00 - 16:00Office CA0229Lectures - Online
Tue09.06.202014:00 - 16:00Office CA0229Lecture - Online
Tue16.06.202014:00 - 16:00Office CA0229Lecture - Online
Thu18.06.202014:00 - 16:00Office CA0229Lectures - Online
Tue23.06.202014:00 - 16:00Office CA0229Lecture - Online

Examination modalities

- Very short quizzes will be held during the class period (5-10% each).

- Final Written Exam (50%) 

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
03.04.2020 00:00 15.05.2020 23:59 17.05.2020 23:59

Registration modalities

Please remember that registration for the course does NOT mean an automatic registration for the exam. Please make sure you register for the exam in order to get a mark.



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

You should have a working knowledge of computer architecture basics. In case of doubt, please contact me in advance for a consultation.

Continuative courses


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