University of Information Technology

VLSI Technology & Design

Course Description

It is aimed to introduce the students to fabrication and layout techniques necessary to design large scale systems. Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) is the process of creating integrated circuits by combining thousands of transistors into a single chip and minimize the digital world through the logics, designing, hardware description language, verification and testing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • cover the different aspects of the digital VLSI circuit design with particular emphasis on low-power aspects.
  • explain MOSFET structure, I-V characteristics, drain current equation and second order effects.
  • explain CMOS process technology, technology scaling, physical design of CMOS circuits.
  • design MOS Combinational and sequential circuits.
  • design dynamic logic circuits, design CMOS circuits for driving large capacitive load.
  • explain clocking in CMOS circuits.

Text and References Books


  1. Low-Power VLSI Circuits and Systems by Ajit Pal, ISBN 978-81-322-1936-1 Springer New Delhi Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London Springer India 2015 ISBN-13:978-0-13-602458-3, ISBN-10:978-0-13-602458-0.


  1. “N. Weste and D. Harris, Principles of CMOS VLSI Design: A Systems Perspective, 3rd Ed., Addison-Wesley, 2005, 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1-EB-14 13 12 11 10, ISBN 10: 0-321-54774-8, ISBN 13: 978-0-321-54774-3.
  2. VLSI Design by M. Michael Vai,CRC Press, Sep 19, 2000 – Technology & Engineering, ISBN 9780849318764.
  3. Low Power Microprocessor Design for Embedded Systems, Seong-Won Lee, Neungsoo Park, Jean-Luc Gaudiot, ISBN:3-540-34077-7 978-3-540-34077-5 doi>10.1007/.

Assessment system

Evaluation Marks Percentage
Attendance 10 Marks 10%
Assignments/Discussion/Presentation/Tutorial 10 Marks 10%
Project 20 Marks 20%
Final Examination 60 Marks 60%