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EEC119A/B – Integrated Circuit Design Project

EEC 119A – 3 units – Winter Quarter

EEC 119B – 2 units – Spring Quarter

Workshop: 1 hour

Lab 119A: 5 hours

Lab 119B: 3 hours

Prerequisite for EEC 119A: EEC 116 or EEC 118

Prerequisite for EEC 119B: EEC 119A

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Design course involving architecture, circuit design, physical design, and validation through extensive simulation of a digital or mixed-signal integrated circuit of substantial complexity under given design constraints.

Expanded Course Description:

This course involves the architecture, circuit design, physical design, and validation of an integrated circuit using contemporary computer-aided design (CAD) tools and simulators. Circuit functionality may include sensor interfaces and signal processing, multimedia processing, or large memories and may be taken from a variety of application domains such as biomedical, automotive, or general-purpose computation. The team is given an integrated circuit design problem which must be solved under realistic constraints such as area and power. The project will involve circuit and physical design (layout) of functional units such as arithmetic-logic units (ALUs), multiply-accumulate (MAC) blocks, and memories, and may also include analog circuit blocks such as phase-locked loops (PLLs) for clock generation or voltage regulators for power supply generation. The team will develop and implement a validation plan which will verify their design through extensive simulation. Projects will be evaluated in part based on the completeness and correctness of the design, the performance of each design, and possibly other design attributes (e.g., energy per operation, noise tolerance, etc.). A team project report will be submitted that describes the architecture, design, and validation through simulation of the IC. The report will include a Product Analysis section. This section will evaluate the potential of the integrated circuit as a commercial product as both a stand-alone, packaged component or as an intellectual property (IP) module which can be incorporated into larger systems-on-chip (SoCs). This section will also consider various real-world design constraints that would be imposed on the commercial product, including market analysis, standards-based interfaces, and yield analysis. Each project in this sequence involves at least three of the following disciplines: semiconductor devices, digital system and logic design, digital circuit design, analog circuit design, VLSI design, and digital system testing.


  1. J. Rabaey, A. Chandrakasan and B. Nikolic, Digital Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective, Prentice Hall.
  2. P. Gray, P. Hurst, S. Lewis, and R. Meyer, Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, Wiley.

Relationship to Outcomes:

Students who have successfully completed this course should have achieved:

Course Outcomes ABET outcomes
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering A
An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data B
An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability C
An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams D
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems E
An ability to communicate effectively G
The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context H
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K


Professional Component:

Engineering Depth, Laboratory, Project

Engineering Science: 3 credits
Engineering Design: 2 credits