Course syllabus

Digital IC-design
Digital IC-konstruktion

ETIN20, 7.5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED E
Date of Decision: 2024-04-02
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Main field: Electronic Design Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Main field: Nanoscience Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Mandatory for: MSOC1
Elective for: D4, E4-fh, E4-is, F4, F4-fel, N4-hn
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 - (U, 3, 4, 5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Laboratory work and written examination. A small project needs to be carried out an presented orally to get e better grade than "4"

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0118. Name: Examination.
Credits: 6.0. Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5). Assessment: Approved on written examination. The module includes: The whole course
Code: 0218. Name: Laboratory Works.
Credits: 1.5. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Approved on three laboratory works. The module includes: The whole course


Assumed prior knowledge: EIT020/EITF65 Design of Digital Circuits and ESS010/EITA35/ETIA01 Electronics or ETE115/EITF90 Electromagnetics and Electronics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
Kursen överlappar följande kurser: ETI130

Reading list


Course coordinator: Joachim Rodrigues,
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.