Spring 2022 - ENSC 450 E100

VLSI Systems Design (4)

Class Number: 7522

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

    Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    (ENSC 225 or ENSC 226 or MSE 251) and ENSC 350, all with a minimum grade of C- and a minimum of 80 units.



An introduction to the design of Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuits and systems (System-on-Chip, SoC) using mainly CMOS technology. SoC design techniques and applications will be covered. Basic topics will include: CMOS technology and circuit layout rules; combinational and sequential logic; logic simulation; systems design; design for verification and testability; and embedded-processor design and application. An advanced digital design flow based on the VHDL hardware description language will be introduced and exercised in the labs.

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