ET4293 Digital IC design

Topics: Analysis and design of a deep-submicron VLSI subsystem with full comprehension of how its performance, power dissipation, size and reliability relates to its physical implementation.
The course presents a broad yet thorough overview of the subject of digital VLSI design, spanning both the circuit and the system abstractions. This complete picture is the only way to make the right tradeoffs, find the most suitable optimizations and the best implementation strategies for very large scale integrated circuits in deep-submicron technologies.

After an introduction to technology, devices and interconnect, combinational logic gates and sequential elements are studied. This is followed by system level perspectives of implementation fabrics, interconnect issues, timing issues and the design of macro blocks. At each level, the opportunities and limitations of the physical implementation are considered for finding better solutions and tradeoffs. This includes the consequences of the analog behavior of digital systems with respect to e.g. cross-talk noise and signal waveforms, that generally tend to become more influential with each new technology generation.

Study Goals

Be able to analyse and design a deep-submicron VLSI subsystem with full comprehension of how its performance, power dissipation, size and reliability relates to its physical implementation. Be able to use this knowledge to make suitable tradeoffs and implementation choices. Be able to manage the complexity of scale of a VLSI system as well as the complexity of behaviour of its individual components.

Teachers

dr.ir. Nick van der Meijs

VLSI design verification

Last modified: 2017-11-10

Details

Credits: 4 EC
Period: 0/4/0/0
Contact: Nick van der Meijs