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Teaching Custom and Automated Cell Design

  • D-W. Bouldin
  • C. Tan
  • K-J. Patel
Conference paper

Abstract

Custom design and verification of leaf-cells for standard-height and bit-slice libraries can be used to provide students with experience in performing these physical level tasks manually. We describe a one-semester graduate course [1] in which students compare their own custom layouts with automated results in terms of area, delay and design time. The availability of valid automated solutions provides the students with targets that serve as feasible bounds on the layouts and also inspire competition between the student and the design automation software. Projects are combined into TinyChips and submitted for fabrication via MOSIS [2] for testing during the subsequent semester.

Keywords

Teaching Custom Student Project Integrate Circuit Design Custom Integrate Circuit Automate Layout 
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References

  1. [1]
    ECE 651, University of Tennessee, http://vIsi1.engr.utk.edu/ece/bouldin_courses/
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  3. [3]
    Cadence University Program, Cadence Design Systems, http://www.cadence.com/company/university/
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    Prolific, Inc., http://www.prolificinc.com/Google Scholar
  5. [5]
    Smartframe and Standard-Cell Library, University of Tennessee, http://vlsi1.engrutk.edu/ece/cadence.html

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • D-W. Bouldin
    • 1
  • C. Tan
    • 1
  • K-J. Patel
    • 1
  1. 1.Electrical & Computer EngineeringUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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