Since November 2009 we are developing Online-Courses
concerning FPGAs (Field Programable Gate Arrays) for the
"Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern".
There will be three modules:
Basics of FPGAs
Field Programmable Devices (and Application)
All modules consist of a lecture part and an exercise part.
The module "Basics of FPGAs" is suitable for a one semester
course for bachelor-degree studies (5 ECTS). The modules
"Field Programmable Devices (and Application)" and
"Reconfigurable Computing" cover more advanced topics and
are intented for master-degree studies (5 ECTS). The
are also well-suited for further education of people with a
technical background, who want to extend or update their
Participants will learn about the structure and function of
FPGAs and how to program them in a Top-Down-Designstrategy.
They will also be able to recognize the application area of
FPGAs, the pros and cons of specific FPGAs and know about
their drawbacks and opportunities compared to ASIC- and
To do practical exercises the students will be able to work
with real FPGA-Boards via the Internet. They can control
boards using a Web-Browser and can see the results via
Webcams. There are several basic boards available at the
chair of Computer-Architecture at Erlangen and at the
Embedded Systems Lab in Passau. Some more advanced boards
are located at the Chair for Hardware-Software-Co-Design at
Erlangen. Students will be able to choose a free board via
the WWW depending on the course they are enrolled.
The material of the modules is written in XML. We use the
eLML - eLesson Markup Language developed at the University
of Zürich. For the course management we make use of the
Learning Management System "moodle".