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ES3D8 - Fundamentals of Modern VLSI Design

  • Module code: ES3D8
  • Module name: Fundamentals of Modern VLSI Design
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The course aims to present the principles and techniques of digital VLSI design, connecting digital system and logic design with the fundamental device physics, processing techniques and transistor level characteristics of Silicon integrated circuits, both in theortical and practical aspects.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to: • Examine how digital VLSI technology affects logic implementation and optimisation of simple CMOS integrated circuits. • Apply simplified models to estimate the delay and power consumption of digital integrated circuits. • Design digital logic circuits based on different circuit families with different trade-offs in speed, power, complexity and robustness. • Acquire skills in the use of Computer Aided Design Software for VLSI such as Tanner Tools or Cadence. • Use a variety of technologies, design and analysis techniques for implementation of digital VLSI systems. • Manage complex designs including partitioning into CMOS subsystems such as datapaths and memory arrays.

Timetabled teaching activities

20x1h lectures, 18 h (9x2h) labs, 1 h examples class Total: 39 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year3/

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are arranged for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples) and past examination questions. Student must pass the examination and the coursework.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES3D8-15)
C (Assessed/examined work) Electronic Design Assignment 25%
  Report related to Electronic Design 25%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • BEng Electronic Engineering (H634) - Year 3
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H635) - Year 3
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Year in Research (H637) - Year 3
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Year in Research (H637) - Year 4
Optional Core
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year (H636) - Year 3
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year (H636) - Year 4
Optional
  • Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering (G406) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering (with Intercalated Year) (G407) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering (G408) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering (with Intercalated Year) (G409) - Year 4
  • BEng Engineering (H106) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 4
  • BSc Engineering (H112) - Year 3