ECE 55900 - MOS VLSI Design

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Areas of Specialization:

  • VLSI and Circuit Design

Counts as:

  • EE Elective
  • CMPE Selective - Special Content

Normally Offered:

Each Fall


On-campus and online


ECE 305 and 43700

Requisites by Topic:

Semiconductor device basics, including terminology, models, properties, and concepts; computer organization and design

Catalog Description:

An introduction to most aspects of large-scale MOS integrated circuit design including: device fabrication and modeling; inverter characteristics; designing CMOS combinational and sequential circuits; designing arithmetic building blocks and memory structures; interconnect and timing issues; testing and verification; and system design considerations. Term projects involve the complete design of a functional logic block or system using CAD tools.

Required Text(s):

  1. Digital Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective , 2nd Edition , J.M. Rabaey, A. Chandrakasan, B. Nikolic , Prentice Hall , 2003 , ISBN No. 0-13-090996-3

Recommended Text(s):

  1. Circuits, Interconnects, and Packaging for VLSI , H. Bakoglu , Addison Wesley , ISBN No. 0-201-06088-6
  2. Principles of CMOS VLSI Design: A Systems Perspective , 2nd Edition , N.H.E. Weste and K. Eshraghian , Prentice Hall , 1993 , ISBN No. 0-201-53376-6

Learning Outcomes

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:

  • an ability to analyze MOS circuits
  • an ability to synthesize MOS circuits
  • experience in oral presentation, teamwork, and document preparation for a finished design
  • an ability to create and simulate a hierarchical digital design using commercial grade CAD software

Lecture Outline:

Lectures Major Topics
3 Introduction: Historical Perspective and Future Trends; CMOS Process
3 MOS devices, SPICE models
6 Inverters
9 Designing combinational logic gates in CMOS
6 Designing sequential circuits
2 Interconnect and timing issues
3 Designing memory and array structures
3 Designing arithmetic building blocks
2 VLSI testing and verification
2 System design issues
2 Mid-term tests
3 Project Presentations

Assessment Method:

Homework assignments, Term project, and Exams.