course: VLSI Design

teaching methods:
lecture with tutorials
overhead transparencies, computer based presentation
responsible person:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Pohl
Dr.-Ing. Pierre Mayr (ETIT)
offered in:
winter term

dates in winter term

  • start: Friday the 30.10.2020 from 12:30
  • lecture Fridays: from 12:00 to 13.30 o'clock in Online
  • tutorial Fridays: from 13:45 to 15.15 o'clock in Online


Die Angaben zu den Prüfungsmodalitäten (im WiSe 2020/2021 | SoSe 2021) erfolgen vorbehaltlich der aktuellen Situation. Notwendige Änderungen aufgrund universitärer Vorgaben werden zeitnah bekanntgegeben.

Date according to prior agreement with lecturer.

Form of exam:oral
Registration for exam:FlexNow


This lecture focuses on important aspects on VLSI design that have to be considered in developing complex microelectronic systems and their implementation into real integrated circuits. Students will gain detailed knowledge about the topics addressed in the content of the lecture.


Complex electronic systems in communication techniques, computer techniques, automatic control techniques and many more are usually realized as highly integrated microelectronic systems on silicon chips. These systems can be purely digital or a combination of digital and analogue components. This lecture gives an overview of important elements in designing highly integrated systems called VLSI design (Very Large Scale Integration). After an introduction to current development trends in VLSI systems, the lecture will focus on the changes in transistor behavior due to technology scaling. Because a high integration level can be achieved only if special care is taken on eliminating power loss within each abstraction level of the IC design, we will place emphasis on this topic. This is followed by an investigation of selected sub-systems that play central roles, e.g. clock generation and distribution, complex arithmetic blocks (adders and multipliers), etc.



recommended knowledge

Content of course: Integrated Circuits


Utilities allowed in exam

Only the following utilities are allowed during the written examination:

  • Pocket calculator
  • paper sheets, ruler


Layout and Technologie

  • Titel: Digital Integrated Circuit Design: From VLSI Architectures to CMOS Fabrication
  • Author: Hubert Kaeslin
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2008
  • ISBN: 0521882672, 9780521882675

Switching Activity

  • Titel: Low-Power Digital VLSI Design: Circuits and Systems
  • Author: Abdellatif Bellaouar, Mohamed Elmasry
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0792395875 , 9780792395874

Asynchronous Systems

  • Titel: Digital Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective
  • Author: Jan M. Rabaey
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • ISBN: 0130909963, 9780130909961