VLSI Design



Prof. Mor M. Peretz

Mr. Tom Urkin


Course Description:

The scope of the course covers both digital and analog design based standard or custom cells development.

The module is divided into two sections – frontal lectures and laboratory exercises.

The lectures part will focus mainly on architecture and design considerations while the lab aim on practical and implantation issues:

Layout fundamentals, both digital & analog analysis (passive components, variations, mismatches etc.).

Design levels: Logic, circuit and layout. Simple cells design. Digital implementation using standard cells.

Simulation and Design verification. Project- tiny chip design of Analog-to-Digital converter.


Course Objectives:

To provide students hands-on knowledge and experience for VLSI mixed-signal IC design. Furthermore, to develop the necessary framework and tools to analyze and design such systems.


Course Structure:

Lecture: 1.0      Lab: 4.0       Total # of Points:  3.0

Course requirements: (Include required pre-courses, compulsory attendance, etc.)

1.      Intended for students in specialization track of micro and nano electronics and VLSI.

2.      Introduction to Digital Electronic Circuits.

3.    Integrated Circuits and Introduction to VLSI (can be taken in parallel).

Structure of Final Course-Grade:

Homework assignments (3 to 5)


Teaching assistants:

·         Mr. Tom Urkin

Reception hours: By appointment, Building 64, Room 12

E-mail: tomur@post.bgu.ac.il          


Description of Meetings (order may be modified)

  1. Introduction
  2. Digital Layout techniques
  3. VLSI design reliability
  4. Analog layout techniques
  5. Passive components layout techniques
  6. Differential amplifier – part a
  7. Differential amplifier – part b
  8. Analog-to-digital converter - part a
  9. Analog-to-digital converter - part b
  10. Delay-line

11. Delay-line ADC



1. J. P. Uyemura, "Physical Design of CMOS Integrated Circuits Using L-edit".

2. J. Rabaey, "Digital Integrated Circuits: A design perspective", Prentice Hall, 2002.

3. L. J. Herbst, "Integrated Circuit Engineering", Oxford Science Publications, 1996.

4. N. Weste, K. Eshragian, "Principles of VLSI design", Addison-Welsey, 1993

5. A. Hastings, "The art of analog layout", Prentice Hall,2001.

6. R Jacob Baker, "CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation", Third Edition