Communication and Media Engineering (CME)

VLSI Circuit Design

Recommended prior knowledge

• FETs, Diodes, Semiconductor Physics, Atomic Physics

Teaching Methods Vorlesung/Labor
Learning objectives / competencies

Upon successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:
• understand CMOS technology, describe transistor behavior, know basic digital and analog building blocks, understand and use computer aided design tools for the design automation of electronic circuits (EDA), use schematic and layout view, do electrical simulations for the functional test of circuits

Duration 1
SWS 5.0
Classes 75 h
Self-study / group work: 105 h
Workload 180 h
ECTS 6.0
Requirements for awarding credit points

Lab has to be passed.

Credits and Grades

6 CP, grades 1 ... 5

Responsible Person

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Aghassi-Hagmann

Max. Participants 20
Recommended Semester 2
Frequency jedes 2. Semester

Master-Studiengang CME



Type Labor
Nr. EMI410
SWS 1.0
Lecture Content

• DC SPICE simulations on transistor level, physical layout of a standard cell,
• Design of a clock, memory cell and logic block, electrical simulations

  • Yuan Taur, Fundamentals of modern VLSI devices, Cambridge University Press, 2009
  • Behzad Razavi, Analog Circuits, Mc Graw Hill, 2016

VLSI Circuit Design

Type Vorlesung
Nr. EMI409
SWS 4.0
Lecture Content

Modern Semiconductor Technology
Process, Design and Device functioning of semiconductor integrated circuits
Layout of transistors and digital logic builing blocks
Fully automated design of an analog and digital design block in the lab
Place and rout of ICs
Design rule checks and electrical characterization/simulation


Tbd. In the lecture
Yuan Taur, Tak H. Ning, Fundamentals of Modern VLSI Devices, University of California, San Diego & IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, New York, 2009.
Jansen, D., Deng Zhu, Electronic design automation (EDA) Manual, 1991
Göbel, H., Einführung in die Halbleiter-Schaltungstechnik, 2nd edition, Berlin, Springer, 2006.