EECS 427: VLSI Design I

InstructorProfessor Zhengya Zhang

This course introduces mask-level integrated circuit design. Correct engineering design methodology is emphasized. Topics covered in lectures include: CMOS processes, mask layout methods and design rules; circuit characterization and performance estimation; design for testability; and CMOS subsystem and system design.

This is a project-oriented course in which you will design a modest-sized CMOS integrated circuit. Except for the tutorials at the beginning of the semester, no specific lab times are scheduled, and you can work at your convenience.

J. Rabaey, A. Chandrakasan, and B. Nikolic. Digital Integrated Circuits A Design Perspective, Edition: 2. Alexandria, VA: Prentice Hall, 2003


  • Design techniques for rapid implementations of very large-scale integrated (VLSI) circuits, MOS technology and logic
  • Structured design
  • Design rules, layout procedures
  • Design aids: layout, design rule checking, logic and circuit simulation
  • Timing and testability
  • Architectures for VLSI
  • Projects to develop and layout circuits