Project-Oriented Approach to Low-Power Topics in Advanced Digital Design Course


  • D. Mihhailov Tallinn University of Technology
  • A. Sudnitson Tallinn University of Technology
  • M. Kruus Tallinn University of Technology


We consider a problem of low-power synthesis of digital systems, which are described as a Finite State Machine (FSM). In this paper, we apply FSM decomposition technique to organize the network as a collection of alternatively working components, thus greatly reducing the switching activity of the circuit (dynamic power management). To make a decision of decomposition task more tractable, corresponding CAD tools were developed at Tallinn University of Technology. Software tools are implemented using Java technology making them compatible with a wide range of operating systems and allowing a possibility for the remote access. Actually, developed system presents interconnection of CAD tools with e-learning methodology. The primary output of this work is the development of laboratory environment that provides students with extensive hands-on opportunities to enhance their knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts and principles in low-power digital design using FPGA technology and FPGA design suits. This can add a certain level of realism to the learning experience and helps to boost student’s motivation.




How to Cite

Mihhailov, D., Sudnitson, A., & Kruus, M. (2010). Project-Oriented Approach to Low-Power Topics in Advanced Digital Design Course. Elektronika Ir Elektrotechnika, 102(6), 151-154. Retrieved from