University of Calgary

ENCM 515 - Digital Signal Processors - Winter 2008

Review of microprocessor fundamentals. Comparison of basic system architectures for RISC, CISC and DSP processors, recent architectural innovations. Processor characteristics needed to match the requirements for typical DSP applications. Hardware and software optimization techniques including multiple busses, register windows, super-scalar and other highly parallel instruction sets, critical timing paths, optimizing compilers and multi-processor operation. Fundamental comparison of custom and current commercial single chip DSP processor architectures. Elements of Hardware-Software co-design and development processes. Practical applications and laboratories.
This course may not be repeated for credit.


  • H(3-1T-3/2)


  • Computer Engineering 415 or 417


This course will be offered next in Winter 2010.
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