Course syllabus

Digital IC-konstruktion
Digital IC-design

ETIN20, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2013-04-15

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Main field: Electronic Design.
Compulsory for: MSOC1
Elective for: D4, D4-dpd, E4, E4-dpd, E4-hn, F4, F4-hn, N4-hn, Pi4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Digital IC Design is one, out of 5, courses in digital VLSI design. 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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Laboratory work and written examination.

Code: 0111. Name: Examination.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Approved on written examination. Contents: The whole course
Code: 0211. Name: Laboratory Works.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved on three laboratory works. Contents: The whole course
Code: 0311. Name: Laboratory Work 1.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0411. Name: Laboratory Work 2.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0511. Name: Laboratory Work 3.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Required prior knowledge: EIT020 Design of Digital Circuits and ESS010/ETIA01 Electronics or ETE115 Electromagnetics and Electronics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: ETI130

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Peter Nilsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: The laboratory work is done in CADENCE / Linux environment. During the laboratory works students are expected to master the basic UNIX commands.