Vertical integration of system-on-chip concepts in the digital design curriculum

Ying Tang, Linda M. Head, Ravi P. Ramachandran, Lawrence M. Chatman

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The rapid evolution of System-on-Chip (SoC) challenges academic curricula to keep pace with multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary system thinking. This paper presents a curricular prototype that cuts across artificial course boundaries and provides a meaningful exploration of diverse facets of SoC design. Specifically, experimental contents of a digital flow SoC product design-a simplified Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)/Internet Protocol (IP) stack-are systematically developed and implemented in the series of courses that comprise the Digital Design track of the Rowan Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) curriculum. The System-on-Chip project and its progressively more complex laboratory modules are described and discussed. Its implementation in the existing ECE curriculum is also presented along with the assessment results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5477209
Pages (from-to)188-196
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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