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ECE Course Syllabus

ECE4130 Course Syllabus


Advanced VLSI Systems (3-0-3-4)

CMPE Degree
This course is Elective for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree
This course is Elective for the EE degree.

Lab Hours
3 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours

Course Coordinator

ECE 3050 or ECE 3060 or ECE 3150 or ECE 3400


Catalog Description
An advanced treatment of VLSI systems analysis, design, and testing with emphasis on complex systems and how they are incorporated into a silicon environment. Credit is not allowed for both ECE 4130 and ECE 6130.

Uyemura, Introduction to VLSI Circuits and Systems (1st edition), John Wiley, 2002. ISBN 0471127043, ISBN 9780471127048 (required)

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Explain the working principles for MOSFETs and CMOS logic.
  2. Provide detailed analysis and explanation of power and performance of digital CMOS logic gates.
  3. Provide detailed design, analysis and explanations of both combinational as well as sequential circuit design including static random access memory circuits.
  4. Explain clocking, power management and clock/power distribution circuits.
  5. Design, simulate and analyze both schematics and layout of digital circuits using the state-of-the-art computer-aided-design tools.

Student Outcomes
In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.
  1. ( M ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. ( LN ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. ( LN ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. ( LN ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. ( M ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. ( P ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. ( LN ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Topical Outline
Current State of VLSI 
       Fabrication and Size Metrics  
      Performance Metrics
      System Complexity 
 Complex VLSI Systems  
      Architectural Trends in Microprocessors  
      The Large VLSI Chip  
           Modules, Units, and VHDL  
           Floorplanning, Interconnect, Clock Distribution  
           System Hierarchies: VHDL to Silicon  
      Timing Issues

 High-Performance CMOS Design Styles  
      Transient Analysis and Sizing 
      Dynamic Logic Networks  
      Domino, Advanced Dynamic, SR and ST Logic 
      Dual-rail Differential Logic Families  
      Advanced Design Techniques  
      Clock Distribution Techniques  
      High-speed I/O Networks  
      Examination of Current Literature  
           Standard-cell to Full-custom  
           Critical Metrics and Physical Limitations  
      Packaging Issues  

 The VLSI Design Environment  
      System Specifications  
      Efficient Usage of Design Libraries and Hierarchies 
      Toolsets at the User Level  
           LVS, Logic Simulation, Circuit Simulation, Place & Route  
      Design of Toolsets  
           Review of Basic Algorithms  
           Database Structure and Usage  
      Design Automation and VLSI  
           Layout, Placement, Routing, Silicon Compilation  
      Synthesis Tools