The Embedded Systems module presents microprocessor and FPGA systems. It highlights their differences and explains their possible interaction via serial or parallel busses.
The course presents
- the VHDL syntax, with a highlight on synthesisable code
- different kinds of programmable devices
- the AMBA bus
The first labs concentrate on working with numbers, first unsigned and then signed. They end with the drawing of a Lissajous curve on an oscilloscope.
The following labs show the AMBA bus system as provided by the GRLib. The students build a processor system in an FPGA and implement a simple input/output peripheral.
In the last lab, the students build a system where the FPGA implements a beamer peripheral. This peripheral receives X and Y coordinates, stores them and draws a spline joining all these points. The spline can be viewed on an oscilloscope.