EEM216A Design of VLSI Circuits and Systems

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Course Description

This course focuses on advanced concepts of VLSI circuit and system design in state-of-the-art CMOS technologies. Topics include circuit-level optimization using gate size, supply and threshold voltage; layout of circuit blocks optimized for speed, power, or area. Advanced concepts of retiming, place and route will be employed in class projects, in addition to the design of custom blocks. The applications include microprocessors, signal and multimedia processors, portable devices, memory and periphery. Course topics are continuously updated to address unique technological features such as power leakage, interconnect, clock and power distribution, impact of device variability on the design. This quarter, special focus will be given to circuit optimization and ultra low-power design. This will be reflected in both the lectures and the preferred projects.

Fall 2017


  • Dejan Markovic (56-147E Eng-IV)
  • Office hours: Mon 4-5:30pm & Thu 8:30-10am


  • Chengyen Lee & Sida Li (Star) (53-145 Eng-IV)
  • Office hours: Mon 8:30 to 9:30 am & Fri 8:30 to 9:30 am
  • Uneeb Yaqub Rathore (Online classes)

Quick Links

All course-related material will be available on the wiki, except for Q&A that will be on (Piazza).

EEM216A Wiki: Main | News | Lectures | Homeworks | CAD | Project | References


  • Homework (5): 15%
  • CAD Labs (3): 6%
  • Project: 30%
  • Midterm: 24%
  • Final: 25%
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