Digital Systems 4: High Speed Systems

Subject ELEN40010 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials and 12 hours of laboratory and project work
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

431-328 Digital Systems 3: Circuits and Systems

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof William Shieh


Melbourne School of Engineering Office
Building 173, Grattan Street
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 Australia
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Subject Overview:

On completion of this subject, students should have an understanding of some advanced topics in digital system design, taken from the following.

Timing in digital systems - clock distribution, including sources and management of skew; metastability and synchronisation; the effect of loading; synchronous and asynchronous bit level transport, including line coding, scrambling, clock recovery, timing requirements, jitter (sources and effect), jitter filtering and bit stuffing.

Noise in digital systems - signal referencing; grounding; crosstalk; simultaneous switching; power supply distributions and related issues including impedance of parallel planes, loss and damping, impedance control over frequency, decoupling and interaction of lumped and distributed impedances.

Interfacing to the analogue world - sample and hold circuits; techniques for converting between analogue and digital representations of signal; noise analysis and quantisation effects.


On completion of this subject the student should be able to:

  • Explain, assess and apply timing analysis and design techniques to the end of achieving reliable and repeatable operation of digital systems in the face of the limitations imposed by realisation technologies;
  • Explain, assess and apply techniques for managing sources of noise in electronic realisations of digital systems;
  • Model and assess the performance of techniques for digital sampling of analogue signals.
  • One 3-hour end-of-semester written examination (70%);
  • Mid-semester test and/or project report not exceeding 20 pages including appendices, diagrams, tables, graphs and computer output (30%).

The relative weighting of test and/or project report will be specified both in the first lecture and on the subject web page at the start of semester.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large

  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution

  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance

  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member

  • Expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, capacity to do so

  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning

  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Computer
Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Electrical
Bachelor of Engineering (IT) Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (IT) Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering)
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering

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