ENGS 63: Introduction to VLSI Systems
This course provides an introduction to VLSI (very large scale integration) systems. It examines the physical structure and fabrication processes of transistors and interconnect technology, and surveys industry scaling trends. Students will learn electrical characteristics of VLSI circuit elements, and how to create schematics, layouts, and simulations of practical circuits. Discussion includes important aspects of state-of-the-art technology such as variation, leakage, and power limitations. A design project is required in which students demonstrate mastery of these concepts through the design and simulation of a complex VLSI circuit such as a static random-access memory.