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IL2207 System-On-Chip Architectures 7.5 credits

Level: Advanced

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IL2207 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

System-on-chip architectures

- System-on-chip design flow

- System-on-chip platforms

- On-chip buses: cache coherence, bus protocols, arbitration techniques

- Network-on-chip: topology, routing, flow control, quality of service, router architecture, network interface

Intended learning outcomes

After finishing the course the student shall be able to

- explain the importance of an efficient system-on-chip communication infrastructure

- explain how design platforms can be used for an efficient design process

- categorize properties of different bus architectures

- compare bus-based and network-on-chip based architectures and point out strength and weaknesses

- motivate how topology, routing mechanisms and flow control influence the performance of a network-on-chip

- describe the design process for complex systems-on-chip

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course requires good knowledge of
- the design of embedded computer systems corresponding to IL2206 Embedded Systems.
- the design process of digital hardware corresponding to IL2217 Digital Design with HDL

Recommended prerequisites

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Principles and Practices of Interconnection Networks, William James Dally and Brian Towles
Upplaga: Förlag: Morgan Kaufmann År: 2004
ISBN: 0-12-200751-4

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, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1: Grade A-F)
Laboratory course (LAB1: Grade P, F)
The grade of the written exam (TEN1) is also the final grade of the course.
The lab course must be completed during the study year. If the course is not completed during the study year old laboratories are not counted anymore.

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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IL2207

Offered by

ICT/Electronic Systems

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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