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Visvesh Sathe
E E 539
Seattle Campus

Advanced Topics in Solid-State Electronics

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Visvesh Sathe
Date: 09/18/2013