415/515 VLSI Design I

Course Description

This course aims to convey a knowledge of advanced concepts of circuit design for digital LSI and VLSI components in state of the art MOS and BiCMOS technologies. Emphasis is on the circuit design, optimization, and layout of either very high speed, high density or low power circuits for use in applications such as micro-processors, signal and multimedia processors, memory and periphery. Special attention will be devoted to the most important challenges facing digital circuit designers today and in the coming decade, being the impact of scaling, deep submicron effects, interconnect, signal integrity, power distribution and consumption, and timing. This will reflected in both the lectures and the preferred projects.
VLSI Design Laboratory

Useful links

Spice manual
        Microelectronic Systems News

VLSI Design Contest

International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors

        "How chips are made" - from Intel Education

        University of Buffalo Semiconductor Applets

Ion Implantation Links

        Microelectronic Jobs

VLSI design and CAD sites

University of Idaho VLSI Links
Silicon Run
MOSIS Perspective
MOSIS VLSI Fabrication