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IL1331 VHDL Design 7.5 credits

VHDL design, design, analysis, simulation, and synthesis in digital electronics.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus IL1331 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Basic VHDL
  • Testbenches
  • Synthesis with VHDL
  • Software tools: simulators and synthesis tools
  • Programmable circuits (PLD, FPGA och ASIC)
  • Design methods

Intended learning outcomes

Design and evaluation of digital designs with the hardware description language VHDL using modern software tools.

The student should learn how to:

  • model digital systems in VHDL at different levels of abstraction
  • partition a digital system into different subsystems
  • simulate and verify a design
  • transfer a design from a version possible to simulate to a version possible to synthesize
  • use modern software tools for digital design in VHDL
  • describe principal parts in programmable circuits (PLD, FPGA, ASIC) and describe how small designs are implemented in programmable circuits

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge corresponding to the courses IE1204/IE1205 Digital Design and IS1200 Computer Hardware Engineering.

Recommended prerequisites

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VHDL för konstruktion, Sjöholm, S. - Lindh, L. Upplaga: 4 Förlag: Studentlitteratur. År: 2003. ISBN: 91-44-02471-1.

Övrig litteratur:

Ashenden, P.: The Designer's Guide to VHDL. Upplaga: 2 ISBN 1-55860-674-2.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Replaced by IL1332 from HT23.