Course detail

Digital Circuits and Microprocessors

FEKT-HDOMAcad. year: 2020/2021

Numerical and code systems for digital circuits. Logic functions and their realization, minimization. Digital circuit technologies. Digital memories. PLAs. Introduction into microprocessors. Von Neuman and Harward concept of microcomputer. Data presentation. Structure and activity of chosen microprocessor. Instruction set and its connection to hardware. Internal and external memories, input and output blocks, programmable peripheral circuits, I/O circuitry, connection with external components and instruments. Programming of microprocessor systems. Development and debugging instruments.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students are able to design digital circuits and systems exploiting digital ICs, to design and to debug microprocessor systems, to connect them with external instruments and technology, and to create SW for microprocessor systems.


The subject knowledge on secondary school level is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Harris & Harris: Digital Design And Computer Architecture, 2Nd Edition, ISBN 9382291520 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, numerical and laboratory practical classes. Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in Article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Requirements for completion of the course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every year.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Describing Logic Circuits. Boolean Constants and Variables, Truth Tables, OR Operation with OR Gates, AND Operation with AND Gates, NOT Operation, Describing Logic Circuits, Evaluating Logic-Circuits Algebraically, Evaluating Logic-Circuit Outputs, NOR Gates and AND Gates, Boolean Theorems, DeMorgan's Theorems, Alternate Logic-Gate Representation to Use, Summary of Methods to Describe Logic Circuits. Number Systems and Codes. Binary-to-Decimal Conversions, Octal Number System, Hexadecimal Number System, BSC Code, Alphanumeric Codes. Parity Method for Error Detection. Basic Characteristic of Digital ICs
Combination Logic Circuits. Simplifying Logic Circuits, Algebraic Simplification, Designing Combinational Logic Circuits, Karnaught Map Method, Parity Generator and Checker, Troubleshooting Digital Systems, Flip-Flops and Related Devices, Monostable Flip-Flop, Clock Signals and Clocked Flip-Flops, Clocked S-C Flip-Flop, D Latch, Asynchronous Inputs, Flip-Flop Timing Considerations, Flip-flop Applications, Clock Generator Circuits, Asynchronous a synchronous Counters, Counters with MOD Numbers, Decoding a Counter, Decoding Glitches.
Memory Devices. Memory Terminology, General Memory Operation, ROM - architectures, timing, types, FLASH Memory - architectures, timing, types, RAM Memory architectures, timing, types, DRAM, expanding Word Size Capacity, CPU-Memory Connections,
Programmable Logic Devices Architectures. Digital Systems Family Tree, PLD Architectures.


The aim of the course is to acquaint the students with essential digital integrated circuits in various technologies, their logic functions, applications and a design of digital systems and instruments, principles of microprocessors and microcontrollers, creating software equipment for them and design of microprocessor systems.

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

Numerical and laboratory practical classes.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 AJEI-H Bachelor's

    branch H-AEI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Fundamentals seminar

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course