General Information


Deming Chen (dchen AT

Office hours: Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 PM Central Time, online. Using office hours Zoom link.

Teaching Assistant

-Eddie Richter (edwardr2 AT

Office hours: Monday 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Wednesday 12:00 - 1:00 PM Central Time. Using office hours Zoom link.

-Paul Jeong (hyunmin2 AT

Office hours: Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 PM, Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 PM Central Time. Using office hours Zoom link.


4 hours


Online Zoom Meeting

Time: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 - 12:20 PM Central Time

Zoom Meeting ID: 837 8122 7564

Passcode: 343776


Online Zoom Meeting / 4022 ECE Building (only for tasks where in-person contact is necessary)

We will dedicate Wednesday's office hours to lab sessions. 

Time: Wednesday 12:00 - 2:00 PM Central Time

Zoom Meeting ID: 819 7255 0854

Passcode: 265591


ECE 425 (or equivalent), ECE 391 (or equivalent)

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General Description

System-on-a-chip (SOC) is an idea of integrating all components of a computer system into a single chip. SOC designs usually consume less power and have a lower cost and higher reliability than the multi-chip systems that they replace. Gartner regards them as the most important type of semiconductor device since the development of the microprocessor. An important enabler for the design of SOCs is the availability of semiconductor intellectual property (IP), which allows a SOC designer to include predefined circuitries, cutting development cycle while increasing product functionality, performance and quality. The implementation of these systems of both hardware and software components and the interaction between hardware and software is an essential part of the design. This course will cover SOC topics on design process, modeling and analysis, design methodology and platform, hardware/software co-design, behavioral synthesis, embedded software, verification, and design space exploration. With a focus on learning of the current SOC design and research topics, students are given opportunities to carry out class projects based on their own interest. Class projects can include software/hardware partitioning, hardware implementation of video compression algorithms, and synthesis for application specific instruction set processors (ASIP). Platform FPGA boards and digital cameras are provided to students to prototype, test, and evaluate their SOC designs.


Supplementary Materials

Grading Policy

Machine problem 1: 5% (70% actual work + 30% report)

Machine problem 2: 8% (70% actual work + 30% report)

Machine problem 3: 5% (70% actual work + 30% report)

Machine problem 4: 10% (70% actual work + 30% report)


Class participation: 2%

Homework: 10%

Midterm: 20%

Research Project 40%: (70% actual work + 20% report + 10% presentation)

Lateness Policy

15% off/day, cannot be more than 3 days late.