General Information


Deming Chen (dchen AT

Office hours: Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00 PM Central Time, CSL 250 and Zoom for online students.

Zoom link for all Professor and TA Office Hours

Zoom Meeting ID: 830 7092 8177

Passcode: 674838

Teaching Assistants

-Scott Smith (scottcs2 AT

Office hours: 10-11 AM Monday and 3-4 PM Tuesday, Central Time. ECEB 4022 and Zoom for online students (see link above).

-Hanchen Ye (hanchen8 AT

Office hours: 5-6 PM Wednesday and 1-2 PM Friday, Central Time. ECEB 4022 and Zoom for online students (see link above).


4 hours


In-person in ECEB 4070

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


Lab details will be introduced in Lecture 3.

Lab sessions will take place on the week after a lab is released. The lab session will provide an overview of the lab and provide time for students to ask questions.

Where: 4022 ECE Building and Zoom Meeting (same as office hours link) for online students

When: 7-8 PM on Tuesdays immediately following the release of a lab.

Lab kits can be picked up from 3-5 PM in 4022 ECEB on August 25th. One kit per team of two students!


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

Campuswire Homepage

Link: Campuswire Page

We encourage you to post your questions on campuswire so everyone can participate in class-related discussions and benefit from them. Please do not include answers or code solutions in public posts and discussions.

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: 10% (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: 5%

Homework: 10%

Midterm: 20%

Research Project 35%: (70% actual work + 20% report + 10% presentation)

Lateness Policy

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