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VLSI CAD Part I: Logic

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A modern VLSI chip has a zillion parts -- logic, control, memory, interconnect, etc. How do we design these complex chips? Answer: CAD software tools. Learn how to build thesA modern VLSI chip is a remarkably complex beast: billions of transistors, millions of logic gates deployed for computation and control, big blocks of memory, embedded blocks of pre-designed functions designed by third parties (called “intellectual property” or IP blocks). How do people manage to design these complicated chips? Answer: a sequence of computer aided design (CAD) tools takes an abstract description of the chip, and refines it step-wise to a final design. This class focuses on the major design tools used in the creation of an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) or System on Chip (SoC) design. Our focus in this first part of the course is on key Boolean logic representations that make it possible to synthesize, and to verify, the gate-level logic in these designs. This is the first step of the design chain, as we move from logic to layout. Our goal is for students to understand how the tools themselves work, at the level of their fundamental algorithms and data structures. Topics covered will include: Computational Boolean algebra, logic verification, and logic synthesis (2-level and multi-level).

Recommended Background
Programming experience (C, C++, Java, Python, etc.) and basic knowledge of data structures and algorithms (especially recursive algorithms). An understanding of basic digital design: Boolean algebra, Kmaps, gates and flip flops, finite state machine design. Linear algebra and calculus at the level of a junior or senior in engineering. Exposure to basic VLSI at an undergraduate level is nice -- but it’s not necessary. We will keep the course self-contained, but students with some VLSI will be able to skip some background material.e tools in this class.

Rob A. Rutenbar

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• Bhuvan N

Bhuvan N completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

In my more than three years of taking MOOCs, 'VSLI CAD: Logic to Layout' course has been the most intellectually satisfying experience.
• Anonymous
Bhuvan N completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

In my more than three years of taking MOOCs, 'VSLI CAD: Logic to Layout' course has been the most intellectually satisfying experience.
• Anonymous

Anonymous completed this course.

Very interesting course that covers the underlying algorithms in a synthesis tool. Well done in all aspects. Due to lack of time I have not been able to complete the course myself.
• HARI NARAIN R

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