3 units – Fall Quarter
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: EEC 118, EEC 180B
Grading: Letter; two midterm exams (20% and 30% respectively), project (20%), homework (15%) and quizzes (15%).
Advanced digital circuits. Logic families of high-performance systems: Processors and DSP. Timing, clock generation, clock distribution and clock storage elements. Pipelining in high-performance systems. Power issues and design for low-power. VLSI arithmetic and implementation in digital systems.
Expanded Course Description:
Students who have successfully completed this course should be able to design high-speed logic used in modern VLSI processors. They should also understand VLSI processor design issues such as speed, power, micro-architecture, and link between fast digital circuits and algorithms they are implementing.
The course includes a project which may require use of CAD tools. The project is determined at the beginning of the course and it is carried throughout the quarter. It is possible to work on a theoretical problem or a practical implementation that can be combined with a VLSI course. The project can be from any of the areas covered during the course: Advanced logic families, deep sub-micron circuits, low-power design, VLSI arithmetic and implementation issues or research review.
Engineering Design Statement:
The course emphasizes building hardware in a FPGA-based prototyping environment to understand the specification-driven design process. The bulk of the class involves three design labs and one major (non-trivial) final project.
ABET Category Content:
Engineering Science: 1 credit
Engineering Design: 2 credits
THIS COURSE DOES NOT DUPLICATE ANY EXISTING COURSE.
Last revised: Fall 2002