FPGA Programming


This lab emphasizes on the practical aspects of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). In the beginning, a short background discussion of FPGAs is given, followed by a tutorial on the workflow of configuring and programming an FPGA. This lab includes FPGA design using schematic layouts as well as several example of VHDL/Verilog programming to implement some sample digital circuits. Students will be exposed to the processes used to design and simulate FPGAs as well as compile their design and see it run on an actual FPGA. The lab is designed around the DE2-115 prototyping board, which provides a programmer, program memory, and array of switches, buttons, LEDs, an LCD, and several I/O ports.

Registrierung / Registration:

There are limited slots and the registration is handled in a first-come, first-served manner. So make sure you sign-up as early as possible. We can only consider registrations with the correct documents or from the online system ( https://campus.studium.kit.edu/exams/index.php )

Regular CS Students:

For SPO 2008, please sign up the generic container module "Informatik Praktikum", there is 1, 2 and 3. Please try to sign up the one with 3 ECTS. If this is unavailable you can also sign one up with non-matching ECTS, which can then be corrected later. Unfortunately we have no live feedback on that, so please, at the same time, write a mail with a screenshot to cdnc@itec.kit.edu so we can reserve a seat for you in the lab.

For SPO 2015 please sign up the according FPGA programming module. If this does not work, you might need to add it to your Studienplan first, before sign-up, otherwise go to Studienbüro.

If there are any problems with sign-up, the usual practice is to go to the Studienbüro and they will help you sign-up. They probably want to know the name of the lab "FPGA programming lab". (Opening TImes, Studiengangsspezifische Anliegen, https://www.sle.kit.edu/wirueberuns/studierendenservice_oeffnungszeiten.php )

Erasmus/Exchange students or other faculties:

If you are from other faculties (e.g. electrical engineering "Elektrotechnik"), you need to register by the desired method of your faculty. We have no knowledge how they handle it. Please contact us after correctly registering it with the required details, so we can make sure that we have a seat reserved for you.

If you are Erasmus/Exchange student, you have to bring a form "Anerkennung von Leistungen". You have to collect a form from Informatik Studiengangsservice ( http://www.informatik.kit.edu/iss.php ) for "Prüfungszulassung", on which the specific Prüfung "FPGA programming lab" is written, and bring it to Ms. Schroeder Piepka ( http://cdnc.itec.kit.edu/21_121.php ). Only after we received this document here, we can reserve a seat for you.


4 SWS / 3 ECTS


Students will learn to design and to simulate digital circuits with FPGA.