ECE 445 - Intro to
VLSI Design (Fall 2014)
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.
CMOS VLSI Design, 4th ed.,
Weste and Harris, Addison-Wesley, 2011.
- Aug 25 - Read chapter 1 (skip
- Aug 29 - Read chapter 2
- Sep 3 - Read sections 3.1-3
- Sep 8 - Read chapter 4
through section 4.3
- Sep 17 - Read the rest of chapter 4
- Sep 19 - Read through section
9.2, skipping subsections marked "optional"
- Sep 26 - Read through section 5.3
- Oct 14 - Read through section 6.3
- Oct 21 - Read the rest of chapter 6
- Oct 24 - Read sections 10.1-2
- Oct 31 - Read sections 10.3-6
- Nov 17 - Read sections 12.1-4
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
- Aug 29. Ex. 1.6, 9(b), 13-15.
- Sep 5. Ex. 2.1, 3-5, 7-8.
- Sep 10. Ex. 3.1, 4, 6, 7.
- Sep 15. Ex. 4.2, 6, 8, 10.
- Sep 29. Ex. 4.11, 14, 26. Turn in a hardcopy of your transistor schematic
of your inverter.
- Oct 6. Ex. 9.6, 8-10, 12 Turn in a hardcopy of the transient simulation of
- Oct 13. Ex. 5.1, 4, 6
- Oct 27. Ex. 6.1-4
- Nov 3. Ex. 10.2, 4, 6 (excluding pulsed latches!)
- 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.)
- Dec 1. Ex. 12.1-4
There will be three semester projects of increasing difficulty and weight.
- Oct 8. Project 1 (20 points)
- Nov 10. Project 2 (50 points)
- Dec 8. Project 3 (80 points)
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
- Sep 17. Topics list.
- Oct 15. Topics list.
- Nov 14. Topics list.
- Dec 19, Fri, 10 am - noon.
Textbook web page