EECE 412 – Digital Integrated Circuits

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EECE 412 – Digital Integrated Circuits
Catalog description:
Introduction to digital electronic circuits. Models, current equations and parasitics of CMOS transistors for digital
design. Study of CMOS inverter and logic gates, including analysis, design, simulation, layout and verification.
Advanced circuit styles. Sequential circuits. Advanced topics: semiconductor memories, power grid, clocking
strategies, datapath building blocks, deep-submicron design issues, interconnect.
Credit hours: 3 credits
Required or elective: Technical elective for undergraduate students (EECE 412). Open to graduate students with
extra load (EECE 612).
Prerequisites: By course: EECE 310 Electronics I; EECE 320 Digital Systems Design, By topic: Basic
semiconductor devices, electronic circuits; Basic logic design.
Textbook(s) and/or required materials: J. Rabaey, A. Chandrakasan, and B. Nikolic: “Digital Integrated
Circuits: A Design Perspective”, 2th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2003.
References:
− N. Weste and D. Harris, CMOS VLSI Design: A Circuits and Systems Perspective, Addison-Wesley, 2004.
− D. Hodges, R. Saleh, and H. Jackson, Analysis and design of Digital Integrated Circuits, 3rd Edition,
McGraw-Hill, 2003.
− S. Kang and Y. Leblebici, CMOS Digital Integrated Circuits: Analysis and Design, 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill,
2003.
− N. Weste and K. Eshraghian, Principles of CMOS VLSI Design, Addison-Wesley, 1993.
Computer usage: HSPICE circuit simulator; Cadence design tools
Course Objectives
The objectives of this course are to:
To give students an introduction to the fundamentals of digital integrated circuits and
expose them to examples of applications.
To give students the ability to analyze, design, and optimize digital circuits with
respect to different quality metrics: cost, speed, power dissipation, and reliability.
To give students the basic background to go through a complete digital design cycle:
analysis, design, simulation, layout and verification.
Course Topics
No. Subjects covered
1
Introduction: Issues in digital design
2
MOS transistor theory
3
The CMOS inverter: VTC, Delay
4
Power and energy
5
Combinational logic structures
6
Sequential logic gates
7
Logic design styles
8
Interconnect: R, L and C
9
Timing
10 Arithmetic building blocks
11 Memories and array structures
12 Design methodologies
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Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
Understand how CAD models make the link between technology
and digital design.
Assess the quality metrics of a digital design.
Understand the impact of technology scaling.
Understand the basic operation of MOS transistors, current
equations, and parasitics.
Know how to determine the VTC of a CMOS inverter and
compute its noise margins.
Understand the concepts of propagation delay, power consumption
of CMOS ICs.
Know how to design a CMOS inverter that meets certain delay
and power specifications.
Know how to analyze and design complex logic gates in standard
CMOS technology, and compute their delay and power
consumption.
Know how to draw the layout of complex logic gates using a CAD
tool.
Know the method of Logical Effort.
Be able to analyze and design static sequential circuits and
understand basic clocking issues
Know how to design arithmetic circuits.
Know the basics of semiconductor memories
Understand the impact of interconnect parasitics on circuit
performance and signal integrity.
Have basic skills needed to design digital integrated systems.
Correlates to program outcomes*
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* H: High correlation, M: Medium correlation, L: Low correlation
Class/laboratory schedule: Two 90-minute lectures per week. Use of computer lab is needed for working on the
assignments and projects.
Evaluation methods
1. Assignments
2. Quizzes
3. Project
4. Final Exam
10%
40%
15%
35%
Professional component
Engineering topics:
90%
General education:
0%
Mathematics and basic sciences: 10%
Person(s) who prepared this description and date of preparation
Mohammad Mansour, January 2009
Date of last revision
January 2009
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