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IL2217 Digital Design with HDL 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus IL2217 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Introduction to techniques for system design and implementation
  • Introduction to hardware description languages
  • Modeling systems with VHDL
  • Synthesizable subset of VHDL
  • Alternatives to VHDL
  • Introduction to VHDL-AMS (Analog and mixed-signal VHDL)
  • Design and analysis of combinational and sequential components
  • Target architectures
  • FPGA synthesis
  • Asynchronous versus synchronous state machines
  • Microcontrollers and databusses

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student shall be able to:

  • model digital hardware using a hardware description language
  • name and describe the different phases of the design flow for digital hardware
  • point out the synthesizable subset of a hardware description language
  • name different hardware description languages
  • describe different types of target architectures for digital hardware
  • design digital hardware for FPGAs
  • explain the principle functionality of a hardware description language that models both analog and digital hardware
  • use typical design techniques for combinational circuits, asynchronous and synchronous state machines and busses.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course requires good knowledge of digital design, corresponding to IE1204 Digital Design and basic knowledge about computer architecture, corresponding to IS1200 Computer Hardware Engineering.

Recommended prerequisites

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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.

Grading scale: A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F

Other requirements for final grade

  • Written exam, 3.0 hp (TEN1: Grade A-F)
  • Laboratory course, 4.5 hp (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 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

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

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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