6.111 Introductory Digital Systems Laboratory

Spring 2006

A digital design lab kit.
The new 6.111 "Nerd-kit" prototype. Lab kits are issued to each student to complete labs and projects. (Image courtesy of Nathan Ickes.)

Course Highlights

This course features videos of the students' ambitious and impressive final projects and a complete set of lecture notes.

Course Description

6.111 is reputed to be one of the most demanding classes at MIT, exhausting many students' time and creativity. The course covers digital design topics such as digital logic, sequential building blocks, finite-state machines, FPGAs, timing and synchronization. The semester begins with lectures and problem sets, to introduce fundamental topics before students embark on lab assignments and ultimately, a digital design project. The students design and implement a final digital project of their choice, in areas such as games, music, digital filters, wireless communications, video, and graphics. The course relies on extensive use of Verilog® for describing and implementing digital logic designs on state-of-the-art FPGA.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm, .ucf, .v.

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Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

One session / week
1 hour / session

Open hours for the entire semester