Synthesis of digital integrated circuits

lelec2570  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Synthesis of digital integrated circuits
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Bol David;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The exponential increase in computing performances of digital integrated circuits (ICs) fundamentally modified our everyday's life in numerous domains (consumer, business, medical, industrial). Nowadays these circuits feature several millions of transistors, which results a high design complexity. 

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 With respect to the AA referring system defined for the Master in Electrical Engineering, the course contributes to the development, mastery and assessment of the following skills :
  • AA1.1AA1.2
  • AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.3, AA2.4, AA2.5
  • AA3.1
  • AA5.5
b. After this course, the electrical engineers in circuit and systems should be able to:
  • produce the layout of a digital IC in a modern CMOS technology starting from a behavorial description and using industrial-level EDA tools,
  • discuss the trade-offs linked to the synthesis of digital ICs between silicon area, computing performance, power consumption, flexibility and robustness,
  • setup a strategy for verifying the obtained results using HDL simulations,
  • rapidly evaluate the efficiency of high-level architectural solutions and HW/SW optimizations,
  • communicate clearly and efficiently technical results in a circuit design report.
  • Microcontroller-based embedded systems
  • High-level design and verification of digital SoCs
  • Robust HDL coding in Verilog
  • Logic synthesis of digital circuits
  • Clocking and timing closure
  • Digital standard cell libraries and hard macros
  • Place and route of digital circuits
  • CMOS technology scaling
  • DSP architecture, arithmetic circuits and hardware accelerators
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The course is organized as follows.
  • Lectures introducing the various digital IC concepts, illustrated by recent digital IC examples from both the industrial and research worlds.
  • Seminars given by experts from the industrial world regarding the design of digital ICs.
  • A central project on the full design of an industry-relevant digital SoC with weekly milestones linked to the steps of the design flow. This self-learning project is based on industrial CAD tools.
  • The interaction between the students, the teachers and assistants will be encouraged by the use of a discussion forum on Moodle platform and interactive project debriefing sessions during the lectures.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The evaluation is based on
  • short weekly assignments during the semester to do individually or in group,
  • a written exam.
Other information
A course in embedded system design is an advantage: LINGI2315.
Chapitres de certains livres de référence.
Teaching materials
  • Transparents des cours, chapitres de certains livres de référence disponibles en ligne.
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Evaluation methods
The written exam can be organized on-line. In this case, the professors could organize an oral exam for students for whom they have doubts about the grade obtained.

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Electrical Engineering

Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering