Complex Digital Systems OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Course on the Study of Complex Digital Systems

Published Jan 14, 2009

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The design and construction of high-end computer chips is the focus of 'Complex Digital Systems,' an OpenCourseWare project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This free online course aims to teach graduate students about the tools and methodologies used to plan, verify and implement multi-million gate logic chips. Students are recommended to have a basic understanding of logic design before taking this class.

Complex Digital Systems: Course Specifics

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Complex Digital Systems: Course Description

Creating faster and more powerful computer processors requires in-depth knowledge of the latest concepts and techniques in chip design. This OpenCourseWare from MIT in Cambridge teaches students the skills necessary to design, plan and create their own chips. Professors Arvind and Krste Asanovic present a detailed look at each step of the process, beginning with design and modeling. The Verilog hardware description language is taught and used for this purpose. The lectures continue from there to discuss the obstacles faced in the creation of modern chip architecture, such as timing and power consumption constraints. Finally, the course covers methods of testing undertaken to verify that the finished chip design will function as planned. Students pursuing a master's degree in Computer Hardware Engineering who have a background in programming and logic design are encouraged to take this course.

Lecture notes, a list of readings, lab assignments and a quiz are included free with this OpenCourseWare. If you're interested in learning more about computer chip design, visit the complex digital systems course page.

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