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About the Course

This course can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5360, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Programmable Logic has become more and more common as a core technology used to build electronic systems. By integrating soft-core or hardcore processors, these devices have become complete systems on a chip, steadily displacing general purpose processors and ASICs. In particular, high performance systems are now almost always implemented with FPGAs. This course will give you the foundation for FPGA design in Embedded Systems along with practical design skills. You will learn what an FPGA is and how this technology was developed, how to select the best FPGA architecture for a given application, how to use state of the art software tools for FPGA development, and solve critical digital design problems using FPGAs. You use FPGA development tools to complete several example designs, including a custom processor. If you are thinking of a career in Electronics Design or an engineer looking at a career change, this is a great course to enhance your career opportunities. Hardware Requirements: You must have access to computer resources to run the development tools, a PC running either Windows 7, 8, or 10 or a recent Linux OS which must be RHEL 6.5 or CentOS Linux 6.5 or later. Either Linux OS could be run as a virtual machine under Windows 8 or 10. The tools do not run on Apple Mac computers. Whatever the OS, the computer must have at least 8 GB of RAM. Most new laptops will have this, or it may be possible to upgrade the memory....

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Jul 30, 2020

This is an extremely good course and I learned a lot. Thank you very much sir "Timothy Scherr " and all the people who make this a such a nice one. Also thank you very much "COURSERA" !!!


Nov 5, 2020

This course is very basic level and I encourage all the electronics students must take this course. Thank you Timothy Scherr Sir, he explained all the concepts with detailed explanation.

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By Chaudhari, P

Jul 23, 2022

Its just "blindly follow what the instrutctor tells you" kind of a course. I've been frustrated at the way things were approached at. Without sharing the MOTIVATION of doing something, how can you expect students to develop interest in minute details?

Sure, you learn something along the way (like some tools and how to operate an INTEL software) because you have to complete the assigments. But that is not enjoyable at all.

I have a strong background and experience in digital electronics and microcontrollers. Still I couldn't follow many of the things in this course because it was so hapazard.

The interesting and important topics such as "timing constraints problem" was not explained at all in details. There are some diagrams and the instructor is like a computer generated voice narrating the slides. Look at some lectures by professors such as gregory plett from colorado boulder - learn from them how to teach a new concept.

Hands-on is useless without the theoretical and intellectual journey that lead us to it.

By Joynul A

Jan 26, 2021

It's too hard to complete

By Tarek M A M

Jan 25, 2021

Very Advanced and brief

By Marco M

Oct 12, 2019

very bad explanation.