Title: VLSI Circuit Design
Course Number: EE 417
Credits: 3 (3 lectures – 1 tutorial – 0 lab.)
Instructors: Dr. Shuja Ahmad Abbasi, Professor, Electrical Engineering Department
Dr. A. R. M. Alamoud, Professor, Electrical Engineering Department
Goals: Provide students with an understanding of and experience with the design of VLSI circuits, particularly in MOS technology.
Objectives: To learn the techniques and advanced EDA tools for the design of Combinational and sequential VLSI circuits including ASIC.
1. Basic VLSI Design, 3rd Ed. By D. A. Pucknell & K. Eshraghian, Prentice Hall.
2. Introductory VHDL, By Yalamanchili, Prentice Hall, 2001.
Prerequisite: EE 315 - Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits
- Basic fabrication sequence of ICs.
- Self aligned silicon gate, NMOS and CMOS technologies.
- Design rules and layout.
- Sub-system Design: Combinational Circuits.
- Sub-system Design: Sequential circuits.
- Memories and registers.
- Introduction to full custom and semi-custom ICs.
- Standard cells, gate arrays, FPGAs and PLDs etc.
- CAD tools for design of ICs.
- Introduction to high level design of ICs using VHDL.
- Introduction to low power IC design.
The class meets for 3 lectures and 1 tutorial a week, each consisting of 50 minutes duration. There is regular home work and two mid term examinations. A final project is required by the end of the instruction period.
Students use computer facilities for their home work and projects and carry out VLSI design of useful circuits/systems.
Laboratory Experiments: A separate course EE418 takes care of experiments in this area.
According to KSU policy, every student should attend atleast 75% of the course classes (including tutorials) held. Those who fail to fulfill this requirement will fail in the course.
a. Apply math, science and engineering
This course has extensive use of mathematical and scientific concepts in the design and simulation of VLSI circuits and systems.
b. An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data.
c. An ability to design system, components or process to meet desired needs.
The students are required to learn and carry out the design of VLSI circuits and systems to meet the given requirements.
d. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
Students form teams of upto 3 persons for the term project. They have to take up design problems from various disciplines and work on them.
e. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
The students learn the techniques and procedure to design various circuits/systems required in many areas of engineering which requires identifying, formulating and then solving the given problems.
g. An ability to communicate effectively.
The students are required to submit written report on their term projects. The reports are presented by the students in the class where they discuss and defend their work.