Advanced VLSI Design

Course No.: L.048.92043

Type: V2, Ü2 (Language English)

Credits: 6

Semester: Summer semester

Schedule and Location:

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Short description

In today's practice, digital chip design consists of the combined application of various languages, methods, and tools for the modeling, simulation, and synthesis of electronic circuits. Along the modern abstraction-based design flow of digital systems (electronic system level to chip layout), the course provides basic knowledge of the main description languages and their application in modeling, simulation, analysis and synthesis. This includes basic principles and application of the IEEE standard system/hardware description languages SystemVerilog, SystemC, Verilog, and VHDL, in conjunction with additional formats, e.g., SDF and UPF for time and power annotation. For their application, the fundamental principles of test environments for simulation, timing and power analysis, logic synthesis and physical design of digital circuits. Exercises will provide hands-on labs based on commercial tools from Mentor Graphics, Synopsys and, Cadence Design Systems.


  • VLSI Design Flow
  • Electronic System Level Design
  • Simulation Principles (SystemC, VHDL, SystemVerilog)
  • Functional Verification & Testbenches
  • Timing and Power Annotations
  •  RTL Modeling
  • Static Timing Analysis
  • Logic Synthesis
  •  Physical Design
  • Floor Planing
  • Power Network
  •  Clock Tree Synthesis
  • Placement & Routing
  • Sign-Off