ECE 445 - Intro to VLSI Design (Fall 2014)

Policies

All assignments are due at the start of class on the specified due date. (Outreach students: Your assignments are due by 3 pm PT.) Each assignment should have your name, the course number, the date, and the assignment designation (e.g., HW1, P2, etc.).  No extensions without prior arrangements. Attendance is mandatory. Students who miss five or more class periods will receive a letter grade of F.

Text

CMOS VLSI Design, 4th ed., Weste and Harris, Addison-Wesley, 2011. ISBN10: 0-321-54774-8

Reading

Homework and Quizzes (20%)

Homework problems will typically be graded on a 3 point scale: 1-2 points if partially (or poorly) completed; 3 points if the problem is completed and appears correct. All homework will be collected in class at the start of the class. Late homework will not be accepted without prior permission. Students may work together and should check their answers against the posted solutions. There may also be unannounced quizzes periodically, perhaps even daily! It is your responsibility to make sure you are prepared for every class.

  1. Aug 29. Ex. 1.6, 9(b), 13-15.
  2. Sep 5.  Ex. 2.1, 3-5, 7-8.
  3. Sep 10. Ex. 3.1, 4, 6, 7.
  4. Sep 15. Ex. 4.2, 6, 8, 10.
  5. Sep 29. Ex. 4.11, 14, 26. Turn in a hardcopy of your transistor schematic of your inverter.
  6. Oct 6. Ex. 9.6, 8-10, 12 Turn in a hardcopy of the transient simulation of your inverter.
  7. Oct 13. Ex. 5.1, 4, 6
  8. Oct 27. Ex. 6.1-4
  9. Nov 3. Ex. 10.2, 4, 6 (excluding pulsed latches!)
  10. Nov 17. Ex. 10.10, 23. (1) Consider the fast synchronizer FF of fig. 10.45 in the text. Do you notice any important differences compared to a conventional DFF that might affect its use? (2) After reviewing the new Figure 10.36, provide a circuit example that would result in ta1 << ta0. (Note: your printing may have the updated figure. Otherwise, you can also refer to the errata.)
  11. Dec 1. Ex. 12.1-4

Projects (20%)

There will be three semester projects of increasing difficulty and weight.
  1. Oct 8. Project 1 (20 points)
  2. Nov 10. Project 2 (50 points)
  3. Dec 8. Project 3 (80 points)

Exams (60%)

Please bring your own paper, a calculator, and pencil to each exam.

There will be three semester exams and a final, equally weighted and closed book/closed notes. (Formulas will be provided.)

  1. Sep 17.  Topics list.
  2. Oct 15. Topics list.
  3. Nov 14. Topics list.
  4. Dec 19, Fri, 10 am - noon.Topics list.

Lecture Material

Reference Material

Textbook web page

VLSI Information