The objective of this graduate level course is to introduce
advanced concepts in VLSI design. The builds up on an undergraduate level
introductory VLSI Design course. The topics covered in the course enable the
students to analyze and design modern high performance/high speed, low
power, low cost and highly reliable ASICs. Techniques for performance
improvement are discussed with a focus on system reliability. Designing
for low power, low voltage circuit operation is also presented. The
effect of transistor scaling in modern processes is discussed.
By the end of the course the students
will be able to
·Use Cadence software to simulate and
·Optimize different metrics for the
·Analyze and optimize timing and delay in
·Understand the limitations of low-power
·Study the effect of process variations on
·Create layouts for fabrication of ASICs.
·Analyze, design and test memory
Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective by Jan Rabaey,
2nd Edition, 2003, Prentice-Hall
Principles of CMOS VLSI Design.
N. Weste and D. Harris.,
3rd Edition, 2005. Addison-Wesley
Main Topics to be Covered:
course covers the following topics
Tools / Software Requirement:
Cadence Virtuoso and Spectre.
Some assignments may require Cadence NC-Verilog, RTL Compiler and