With the exponential growth of electronics and its deployment in almost all aspects of our life (portable devices, medical devices, security, communication, transportation, space, etc.), it is important for engineers working with these devices to understand and comprehend the basic principle of digital electronic circuits.

The goal of this course is to give the student a good understanding of how CMOS-based digital system is designed. The emphasis will be on the circuit design aspect of the system.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will understand the following topics:

Main steps involved in the fabrication of CMOS VLSI systems, Discover the structure and operation of MOS transistors, impact of small geometry and variation on device performance

Design and evaluate combinational and sequential logic circuits

Examine digital circuit design and tradeoffs for power, performance (frequency), and area

Analyze digital memory circuits, periphery logic, and memory hierarchy

Describe the testing of VLSI digital circuit and its impact on quality, and cost

Describe Emerging Electronics Technology and the role it may play on the next computing paradigm

Who Should Attend

Students, researchers, and industry personnel who would like to learn about the hardware that runs all our devices focusing on digital circuit design (VLSI). Background in basic circuit design and analysis, digital logic, and computer architecture will be helpful.


CMOS Technology and Basic Device Structure

Combinational Circuits (Transistor Level Design)

Sequential Circuittatic Latch

Timing Analysis

Power Analysis

Power, Performance, Area (PPA) Tradeoffs

CMOS Memory

VLSI Testing

Emerging Technology: Beyond CMOS (RRAM, In-memory Computing)

CMOS Layout


Note: This is a 6-day course. Three full days will be allotted for theoretical discussion and another three full days for the practical hands-on part.