E E 539
Lectures or discussions of topics of current interest in the field of solid-state electronics for advanced graduate students having adequate preparation in solid-state theory. Subject matter may vary according to the interests of students and faculty. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
This course will cover a limited set of special, important topics in advanced VLSI including low-voltage digital design, inductance, clocking and power supply delivery. The course offers a choice between two types of projects. Research projects are aimed at evaluating and implementing potential solutions to current problems. Directed-study projects will provide an avenue for additional learning through the study and presentation of student-instructor selected topics in the field of VLSI.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The method of instruction will be lectures. A considerably high level of student participation is expected.
EE476 or an equivalent exposure to VLSI Design is a requirement Prior experience in designing ICs or EE477/EE525 is a plus.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will involve supplemental reading and solving design problems pertaining to the topics covered during the leecture.
In addition, students may opt for a reading-lecture project, or a research project. Students opting for a reading-lecture project will work in pairs to select from a set of offered topics (or propose their own), and through a directed study with the instructor, prepare towards delivering a full length lecture on the topic.
Students opting for a research project may select from a set of offered VLSI research design/analysis projects, or propose their own, which they will then work towards solving during the semester. Students will deliver a 20 minute presentation on their work at the end of the class.
Students will be expected to perform an evaluation of their peers' work in both formats (reading-lecture or research project).
Grades will be awarded based on performance in: 1. Assignments 2. Mid-term 3. Student Evaluation 4. Reading-Lecture Project or Research Project quality
Members of a group may not be awarded similar credit for the project component. Grades will be awarded based on relative contribution.