ECE 445 - Intro to
VLSI Design (recorded Fall 2014)
This is not
a "self-paced" course. Instead, you must
make continued progress throughout the semester. Please refer to the
information below and on the Engineering Outreach course schedule. If
you have any questions regarding due dates, contact the instructor
immediately. Any assignment or exam not received on time will receive a grade of zero. No extensions without prior arrangements
CMOS VLSI Design, 4th ed.,
Weste and Harris, Addison-Wesley, 2011.
ISBN10: 0-321-54774-8. Textbook web page
- Week 1 - Read chapter 1 (skip
- Week 2 - Read chapter 2; read sections 3.1-3
- Week 3 - Read chapter 4
through section 4.3 (finish before Exam 1)
- Week 4 - Read the rest of chapter 4
- Week 5 - Read through section
9.2, skipping subsections marked "optional"
- Week 6 - Read through section 5.4 (finish before Exam 2)
- Week 8 - Read through section 6.3
- Week 9 - Read the rest of chapter 6
- Week 10 - Read sections 10.1-2
- Week 11 - Read sections 10.3-6 (finish before Exam 3)
- Week 13 - Read sections 12.1-4
- Week 14 - "Skim" through 13.3-13.4.6 and 13.6 (finish before Exam 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. Homework solutions will be sent via e-mail once assignments have been received.
- Ex. 1.6, 9(b), 13-15.
- Ex. 2.1, 3-5, 7-8.
- Ex. 3.1, 4, 6, 7.
- Ex. 4.2, 6, 8, 10. (submit before Exam 1)
- Ex. 4.11, 14, 26. Turn in a hardcopy of your transistor schematic
of your inverter for Project 1.
- Ex. 9.6, 8-10, 12 Turn in a hardcopy of the transient simulation of
your inverter for Project 2.
- Ex. 5.1, 4, 6 (submit before Exam 2)
- Ex. 6.1-4
- Ex. 10.2, 4, 6 (excluding pulsed latches!) (submit before Exam 3)
- 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.)
- Ex. 12.1-4 (submit before Exam 4)
There will be three
semester projects of increasing difficulty and weight. Projects must be
received by the date below to receive credit.
- Project 1 (20 points) (submit before Exam 2)
- Project 2 (50 points) (submit before Exam 3)
- Project 3 (80 points) (submit before Exam 4)
Please bring your own paper, a calculator, and pencil to each exam.
There are three semester exams
and a final, equally weighted and closed book/closed notes. (Formulas
provided.) Exams must be received by the date shown, otherwise the
student will receive automatically receive a final grade of F for the
- Topics list. (Homeworks 1-4) Must submit by the end of the fourth week.
- Topics list. (Homeworks 5-7) Must submit by the end of the eighth week.
- Topics list. (Homeworks 8-9) Must submit by the end of the twelfth week.
- Topics list. (Homeworks 10-11) Must submit by the end of the semester.