VLSI Design (CMPE437) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
VLSI Design CMPE437 2 2 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The objective of this course is to teach the VLSI design techniques, and CMOS technology. In this course, structured design, design rules and layout procedures, using CAD tools for VLSI design (layout, design rule checking, logic and circuit simulation), and some design issues like power, reliability, speed, and economics will be discussed.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Design combinational, sequential, and arithmetic circuits using CMOS transistors
  • Design both static and dynamic CMOS circuits
  • Review the performance metrics of CMOS circuits, evaluate and optimize the designed circuits
  • Perform transistor-level (SPICE) simulation to verify and evaluate the designed circuits
  • Perform layout design for CMOS circuits
  • Explain modern IC Layout design techniques, including Design Rule Check (DRC), Electrical Rule Check (ERC), Layout Versus Schematic (LVS), and layout parasitic extraction
  • Discuss the challenges in high-speed digital VLSI design and describe the common techniques to improve circuit clock frequency and avoid timing violation problems
  • Recognize the circuit structures of static and dynamic random access memories
  • Explain basic I/O buffers and ESD circuits
  • Discuss the challenges and circuit techniques in high-speed interconnect design
Course Content Basic fabrication sequence of ICs, self aligned silicon gate, NMOS and CMOS technologies; design rules and layout; memories and registers; full custom and semi-custom ICs; standard cells, gate arrays, FPGAs and PLDs. CAD tools for design of ICs; high level design of ICs using VHDL; low power IC design.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to IC Technology Chapter 1 (main text)
2 Basic Electrical Properties of MOS and BiCMOS Circuits Chapter 2
3 VLSI Design Flow, MOS Layers, Stick Diagrams Chapter 3
4 VLSI Design Flow, MOS Layers, Design Rules and Layout Chapter 3
5 Logic Gates and Other complex gates Chapter 4
6 Logic Gates and Other complex gates Chapter 4
7 Subsystem Design, Shifters, Adders, ALUs, Multipliers Chapter 5
8 Parity generators, Comparators, Zero/One Detectors, Counters, High Density Memory Elements Chapter 5
9 Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Design : PLAs, FPGAs, CPLDs Chapter 6
10 Standard Cells, Programmable Array Logic, Design Approach. Chapter 6
11 VHDL Synthesis, Circuit Design Flow, Circuit Synthesis, Simulation Chapter 7
12 Layout, Design capture tools, Design Verification Tools, Test Principles Chapter 7
13 CMOS Testing, Need for testing, Test Principles, Design Strategies for test Chapter 8
14 Chip level Test Techniques, System-level Test Techniques, Layout Design for improved Testability Chapter 8


Course Book 1. Essential VLSI Circuits and Systems, Pucknell, D.A. & Eshraghian, S., Prentice Hall, 2005.
Other Sources 2. 1. Digital Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective, Jan M. Rabaey, Prentice Hall, 1st edition, 1995
3. 2. CMOS Digital Integrated Circuits: Analysis and Design, S.-M. Kang and Y. Leblebici, McGraw-Hill, 2003
4. 3. Principles of CMOS VLSI Design. A Systems Perspective with VERILOG, N.H.Weste, K. Eshraghian., Addison-Wesley, 2002
5. 4. Modern VSLI Design a System Approach, W. Wolf, Prentice-Hall, 3 edition, 2002
6. 5. Introductory VHDL, By Yalamanchili, Prentice Hall, 2000

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 5
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 2 20
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 35
Toplam 6 100
Percentage of Semester Work 65
Percentage of Final Work 35
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Adequate knowledge in mathematics, science and subjects specific to the computer engineering discipline; the ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge of these areas to complex engineering problems. X
2 The ability to identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; selecting and applying proper analysis and modeling techniques for this purpose. X
3 The ability to design a complex system, process, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions to meet specific requirements; the ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose. X
4 The ability to develop, select and utilize modern techniques and tools essential for the analysis and determination of complex problems in computer engineering applications; the ability to utilize information technologies effectively. X
5 The ability to design experiments, conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for the investigation of complex engineering problems or research topics specific to the computer engineering discipline.
6 The ability to work effectively in inter/inner disciplinary teams; ability to work individually
7 Effective oral and writen communication skills in Turkish; the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, to prepare design and production reports, to make effective presentations, to give and to receive clear and understandable instructions.
8 The knowledge of at least one foreign language; the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, to prepare design and production reports, to make effective presentations, to give and to receive clear and understandable instructions.
9 Recognition of the need for lifelong learning; the ability to access information, to follow recent developments in science and technology. X
10 The ability to behave according to ethical principles, awareness of professional and ethical responsibility;
11 Knowledge of the standards utilized in software engineering applications
12 Knowledge on business practices such as project management, risk management and change management;
13 Awareness about entrepreneurship, innovation
14 Knowledge on sustainable development
15 Knowledge on the effects of computer engineering applications on the universal and social dimensions of health, environment and safety;
16 Awareness of the legal consequences of engineering solutions
17 An ability to describe, analyze and design digital computing and representation systems.
18 An ability to use appropriate computer engineering concepts and programming languages in solving computing problems.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 4 64
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 1 16
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 2 5 10
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 10 20
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 15 15
Total Workload 125