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This course aims to convey the senior and graudated EE students techniques to design the VLSI chips using state-of-the-art CAD tools. In addition to learning CAD tools for performance-driven and cost-effective IC designs, a top-down design flow and related environment will also be addressed. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to design the integrated circuits and systems based on standard cell library as well as full-custom layout approaches. As such he/she will be able to work in a team of designers or stand alone.
The course starts from system design specs of an application which demands the need of developing specific hardwares or application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) or application processors. Then followed by the presentation of architectural proposals, an optimal architecture leading to performance-driven and cost-effective realization can be derived based on both sampling rate and system clock rate. With the support of Verilog-HDL, designers can describe their designs either in behavioral level or structural level. Before going down to the lower level design, one has to do initial floorplan to estimate both routing style and module aspect ratio which provide some area constraints for later designs. Then the partitioned blocks can be conducted hierarchically and with the support of synthesis as well as P&R routing tools, physical layout can easily be achieved if cell-based design approach is exploited. Finally through layout verification and post-layout simulation, the design can be verified before fabrication.
 S. Churiwala and S. Garg,"Principles of VLSI RTL Design" from Springer, ISBN: 978-1-4419-9295-6.
 M. Keating, "The Simple Art of SoC Design - Closing the Gap between RTL and ESL" from springer ISBN: 978-1-4419-8585-9.
 James M. Lee, "Verilog® Quicstart A Practical Guide to Simulation and Synthesis in Verilog" from Springer, ISBN: 978-0-7923-7672-9.
 M.J.S. Smith, "Application-Specific Integrated Circuits," from University of Hawaii, Addison-Wesley, 1997, ISBN 0-201-50022-1. This book covers a lot of design issues and related CAD tools which may interest readers and provide many details for reference.
 N.H. Weste and K. Eshraghian, "Principles of CMOS VLSI Design -- A Systems Perspective," 2nd Edition from Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, ISBN 0-201-53376-6.
Prof. Chen-Yi Lee 李鎮宜(Office: ED538, Ext: 31849)
Question or Help Requirement on Labs
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The leture is held at ED415.
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|2023/09/20||Oral tutorial: Verilog & Combinational Circuits Design||Lec. Slide