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ACOE 419 Digital IC and VLSI Design 


In this web space you may find lecture notes and other relevant material for the Fall 2013 semester on Digital IC and VLSI Design .

It is highly recommended for students to have the following lecture notes with them in hard copies in each and every lecture. In this respect, notes are provided in .ppt format and can be downloaded by right-clicking on each link. Not all lecture notes are currently available but they will become available in due time as the course progresses.

The notes provided must not be considered as a replacement of either attendance of lectures or study of the suggested textbooks. Their purpose is to assist you in your studying and provide you with guidelines on what you should be focusing on. You are encouraged to enhance notes with study from the recommended literature and web links.

The notes provided are constantly updated, therefore it is recommended to regularly check for updates.




Subject Information

Course Outline








Right click on the following links to save the lecture notes on your PC, then print them.

Week #


Topics covered

Weeks 1-2



Introduction to VLSI Design



Week 3

Lecture 2


The ideal CMOS transistor



Week 4

Lecture 3


The non-ideal CMOS transistor



Week 5

Lecture 4


Logical Effort



Weeks 6-7



Lecture 5



Power Consumption


Week 8







Week 9


Lecture 6


Wire Design




Week 10


Lecture 7


Design for Testability



Week 11-12

Lecture 8


3D Integration



Week 13

Lecture 9








Laboratory work



Lab 1: Basic Schematic Entry


Lab2: Compound Gates


Lab3: Basic Layout


Lab4: Advanced layout


Lab5: MOS transistor Characteristics


Lab6: Logical Effort


Lab7: Power Consumption






Assignment 1<




Lectures will be given in every class session and they will be based on the main textbook. The assignments and examinations will be based on the material covered in class. Students are advised to purchase the main textbook on which many topics of the course are covered. Students are also advised to review the extensive list of books offered at the FIT library on the subject.  

Main textbook  


  • Neil Weste and David Harris, CMOS VLSI Design: A Circuit and Systems Perspective, 3rd edition, Addison Wesley 2005.