EE4-20 Full-Custom Integrated Circuit DesignLecturer(s): Dr Timothy Constandinou
CMOS Technology is currently the industry mainstream for the vast majority of all analogue, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits. Most modern day consumer electronics including microprocessors, mobile phones, digital cameras are all implemented using CMOS technology.
This course aims to: (1) familiarise students with CMOS integrated circuit technology from the basic fundamentals to more advanced topics, and (2) establish a good understanding to the design process for full custom chip design used for both analogue and digital microelectronics.
After following this course students will be able to:
(a) Comprehend the different issues related to the development of CMOS integrated circuits including fabrication, circuit design, implementation methodologies, testing, design methodologies and tools and future trends.
(b) Use tools covering the full custom design of CMOS integrated circuits.
Part I: Technology, Devices and Design Tools
1. Course Overview, CMOS Introduction & Trends
2. CMOS fabrication, devices and failure mechanisms
3. Basic layout and design rules
4. MOS device theory, SPICE/IRSIM simulation
Part II: Circuits
5. Digital circuits (inverter, static logic, dynamic logic, data path circuits)
6. Special purpose circuits (input buffers, clock generation, charge pumps)
7. Analogue circuits (mirrors, op-amps, non-linear)
Part III: Systems and Applications
8. Memories (basics, RAM, ROM, Flash)
9. Data converters (basics, different topologies, ADCs/DACs)
10. Image sensors (basics, pixel architectures, CMOS imagers)
One 2-hour open book exam in April/May + Coursework
Coursework contribution: 50%
Closed or Open Book (end of year exam): Open
To be announced
Oral Exam Required (as final assessment): N/A
Prerequisite: None required
Course Homepage: http://bb.imperial.ac.uk