Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Compulsory for: MSOC1. Optional for: D4, D4dpd, E4, E4dpd, E4hn, F4, F4hn, MNAV1, N4hn, Pi4. Course coordinator: Peter Nilsson,, Electrical and Information Technology. Recommended prerequisits: EIT020 Design of Digital Circuits and ESS010/ETIA01 Electronics or ETE115 Electromagnetics and Electronics. Assessment: Laboratory work and written examination. Parts: 2. Further information: The course will be given in English. Home page:

Digital IC Design is the first, out of four, courses in digital VLSI design, see The course aims to give a thorough understanding for digital integrated circuit design. Increasing complexity and high requirements on performance in form of throughput and low power consumption will increase the expectations from the hardware designer. To understand both the possibilities and the limitations is important for both full custom designers and high level designers. The course will focus on CMOS design.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course content includes the MOS transistor and its physical characteristics. Models for the function are derived. Special attention is paid on those parameters that we can modify as a circuit designer. A survey over different families for logical functions founded on MOS transistors is given. Sizing of those are an important part. Wire characteristics are taken into consideration. Both combinational and sequential design is important in the course. Performances such as power consumption, silicon area and speed, are analyzed in all parts of the course.

Rabaey J M, Chandrakasan A, Nicolic B: Digital Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective,
Prentice Hall International Editions, ISBN 9780130909961.
Additional material will be found at


Code: 0104. Name: Examination.
Higher education credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Approved on written examination.

Code: 0204. Name: Laboratory Works.
Higher education credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved on three laboratory works.