Course detail

Digital Circuits

FEKT-BPC-DIOAcad. year: 2019/2020

Fundamentals of digital circuits. VHDL language and general syntax. Concurrent statements, design methodology and examples. Logic hazards, their elimination and avoiding. Sequential statements, design methodology and examples. Metastability. State machine theory and design methodology. Translation of VHDL code to schematic representation (methodology understanding). Practical design of sequential systems and state machines.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will be able to:
- explain fundamentals of combinational and sequential circuits and how these circuits manually design
- describe digital circuits by using VHDL
- design state machines and their design and methodology
- draw the schematic representation from VHDL code
- explain synchronous circuit design methodology


Student should be able to: - Describe the basic logic gates NAND, NOR, AND, OR, INV – logic functions, truth tables etc. - Conversion from various number representations - Describe CMOS technology process and how the NMOS and PMOS transistor work. - Fundamentals of flowcharts and their utilization


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Pinker, J., Poupa, M., Číslicové systémy a jazyk VHDL, BEN - Technická literatura, 2006, ISBN: 80-7300-198-5 (CS)
číslicové systémy a jazyk VHDL, Pinker Jiří, Poupa Martin (CS)
Skahill, K., VHDL for Programmable Logic, Addison-Wesley, 1996, ISBN 0-201-89573-0. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

30 points for work during semester.
70 points for final exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Fundamentals of digital circuits
2. VHDL language and general syntax
3. Concurrent statements and design methodology
4. Concurrent statements and examples
5. Hazards in digital circuits and metastability
6. Sequential statements and design methodology
7. Sequential statements and examples
8. Theory of state machines
9. Translation of VHDL code to schematic representation, methodology how to properly describe the sequential system by using VHDL
10. Practical design of sequential circuits and state machines
11. Memories – SRAM, DRAM, FLASH etc.
12. Introduction to digital integrated circuit design


Aim of this course is make students familiar with recent digital world by balanced using of theory, intuitive approach and practical exercises performed on development kits with FPGA circuit. Students learn the methodology of digital circuit design which can be applied on any platforms such as FGPA, ASIC or discrete solution.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-MET Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course