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Computer architecture - 3MM1AO

  • Number of hours

    • Lectures 12.0
    • Projects 15.0
    • Tutorials 12.0
    • Internship -
    • Laboratory works 15.0
    • Written tests -


    ECTS 3.0


The aim is to present the basics necessary to understand digital circuit from simple gate to a processor (RISCV), mainly through lab work and a practical project.

This course uses a hardware description language (VHDL) to describe the circuits, uses software tools to simulate, synthesis, place and root circuits

.The real target is a FPGA to experiment.


Sebastien VIARDOT


In a first part, digital circuits are studied:

  • hardware simulation and implementation of boolean functions, registers and memory ,
  • design methods for complex circuits
  • examine timing constraints

In a second part, these methods are used to design a simple processor able to execute a real instruction set ((RISCV).

This course is given at Academic periods 2 and 3.


Boolean algebra ; binary arithmetic


Exams : for session 1, written exam (2 hours): NP2, only one handwriten A4 sheet allowed ; for session 2, oral examination:N2
Grading of the project: NP3

    • MCC en présentiel **

N1=(NP2 examen écrit+NP3 projet)/2
N2=Examen de rattrapage

    • MCC en distanciel **

N1=(NP2 examen à distance+NP3 projet)/2
N2=Examen de rattrapage à distance


The course exists in the following branches:

  • Curriculum - Work Study Education - Alternance 1ere annee
see the course schedule for 2023-2024

Additional Information

Course ID : 3MM1AO
Course language(s): FR

The course is attached to the following structures:

You can find this course among all other courses.


David Patterson et John Hennessy, Computer Architecture, The hardware/software interface, 4ème édition, Morgan Kaufman
John F. Wakerly, Digital Design: Principles And Practices