The course takes you through the processes of implementing a silicon chip from the physical definitions through to the design and simulation of the chip’s functions. Emphasis is focused on building an understanding of integrated circuit (IC) design from the bottom up and includes important topics such as the characteristics of CMOS transistors, the CMOS processing technology, the IC design methodologies, the physical implementation of combinational and sequential logic network, and the physical routing and placement issues, which are essential to the practice of VLSI design as a system design discipline. Computer aided design (CAD) and simulation packages will also be introduced to you in the areas of digital and analog signal design and simulation. These tools are used to layout the circuit designs, to predict the circuit performance and to verify the correctness of the circuits and logic.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.