Course Information for CS250: VLSI Systems Design

Fall 2011

Catalog Description: VLSI Systems Design

4 units. Three hours of lecture per week, plus one hour of section per week. Labs. Prerequisites: CS150.

Class Schedule/Rooms

Lectures: Monday and Wednesday, 1PM-2:30PM, 320 Soda Hall
Sections: Thursday, 5:00-6:00PM, 320 Soda Hall


John Wawrzynek, Professor, CS Division, EECS Department
Email: johnw at eecs
Office Hours: Mondays 2:30-3:30PM, 630 Soda Hall

Krste Asanović, Associate Professor, CS Division, EECS Department
Email: krste at eecs
Office Hours: Wednesdays 5-6pm, 579 Soda Hall (email to confirm)

John Lazzaro, Research Specialist, EECS Department

Teaching Assistant:

Brian Zimmer
Email: bmzimmer at eecs
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1pm-2pm, 550 Cory Hall


The course has a Piazzza site that we will use for online class discussions and to answer questions.

Course Grading

5%Class Discussion

See also Departmental Grading Guidelines for Graduate Courses.


The labs will provide hands-on experience with the VLSI tools.

Late Labs Policy

Each student gets a total of four late days they can spend to extend the lab deadlines for any reason. No other extensions will be given, unless for serious documented emergencies.

Collaboration Policy

Students are encouraged to discuss solutions to the lab assignments with other students, but must run the lab themselves and turn in their own lab report.