IL2201 Design of Digital Integrated Circuits - VLSI 7.5 credits

Konstruktion av digitala integrerade kretsar - VLSI

The course is intended to give the student an understanding of the fundamental system level electrical issues involved in the design of digital deep submicron CMOS VLSI systems and a mastery of the basic techniques and methods used to deal with these issues. The key focus in this course is on impact of interconnects (metal Al or Cu wires) to circuit and system properties. Issues related to interconnects will be introduced in the areas of power distribution, signalling, timing, synchronization, noise-management, and related chip power consumption minimization. In each area, the fundamental problems will be introduced and engineering architecture and circuit solutions to these problems discussed. The above-mentioned issues will define how price and performance competitive and reliable the designed VLSI circuits and related end-product systems will be for the end user.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Deep submicron phenomena. Interconnect scaling and interconnectivity constraints. Interconnects on silicon. Noise in digital systems and noise budgeting. Crosstalk. Power distribution design. Signalling conventions. Noise immunity vs. Noise margin. On-chip and off-chip signalling strategies. Timing fundamentals. Timing uncertainty. Synchronous and pipelined timing conventions. Clock distribution strategies. Signalling and timing circuits. Power optimization in signalling and timing.

Intended learning outcomes *

The course is intended to give the student an understanding of the fundamental system level electrical issues involved in the design of digital deep submicron CMOS VLSI systems and a mastery of the basic techniques and methods used to deal with these issues. The key focus in this course is on impact of interconnects (metal Al or Cu wires) to circuit and system properties. Issues related to interconnects will be introduced in the areas of power distribution, signalling, timing, synchronization, noise-management, and related chip power consumption minimization. In each area, the fundamental problems will be introduced and engineering architecture and circuit solutions to these problems discussed. The above-mentioned issues will define how price and performance competitive and reliable the designed VLSI circuits and related end-product systems will be for the end user.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic Courses on Digital and Analog Electronics

Equipment

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Literature

William J. Dally: Digital System Engineering , Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-59292-5

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Course, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Examination (TEN1; 3 hp)
Laboratory course (LAB1; 3.hp)
Project (PRO1; 1,5.hp)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Lirong Zheng

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IL2201

Offered by

ICT/Electronic Systems

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

IL1203
IL2208
IL2215
Diploma work in electronic system design

Contact

Qiang Chen (qiangch@kth.se)

Supplementary information

http://www.ict.kth.se/courses/IL2201/