427-Overview - EECS 427: VLSI Design I OVERVIEW Course...

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EECS 427: VLSI Design I OVERVIEW Course Description and Goals This course is concerned with design techniques for rapid implementations of very large-scale integrated (VLSI) circuits, MOS technology and logic. Topics to be covered in lectures include: VLSI circuit techniques, design methodologies, microarchitectures, verification, design for testability, process technologies, low-power circuits, mixed-sig- nal circuits, interconnect, packaging and yield. Students will be well versed in mask-level integrated circuit design by the end of this course. Correct engineering design methodology is emphasized. At the conclusion of this course a student will have designed a 16-bit RISC microprocessor in a team envi- ronment. The team will go through a professional-like experience by taking part in an end-of-project design review, a final report to be done in a specified format, a project presentation in front of their peers and other members of the institution, and a final project demonstration to show functionality. Prerequisites and Course Level On top of having a thorough understanding of basic electrical engineering topics, stu- dents are expected to know logic design, transistor-level circuit design (especially CMOS), and device physics. Some background in computer architecture is helpful, but not required. Math and physics courses that should be completed before VLSI is attempted include Calculus I, II, and III as well as electricity and magnetism physics. EECS 427 is the first of two VLSI design courses offered within the curriculum. The
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