EECS 244: Computer-Aided
Design of Integrated Circuits
A. Richard Newton
This course will focus on techniques
and algorithms for the Computer Aided Design of Digital Integrated Circuits
and Systems. This semester, the goal of the course is to provide a strong
foundation in the representation and manipulation of the physical (layout)
aspects of integrated electronic systems using computer-aided design and
analysis techniques, with emphasis on Deep Sub-Micron (DSM) challenges
of the next few years. The course will cover all material related to the
physical design of integrated circuits required for the Ph.D. preliminary
examination. In addition, this semester we will be emphasizing the new
areas of Wed-based EDA and design visualization. The course will focus
on techniques for the analysis and automatic layout of integrated circuits
(see approximate timetable)
All lectures will be held in 203
Mc Laughlin Hall, Tu.Th. 2-3:30pm, and will be available for review on
videotape. All lectures will be posted on the Web for review or printing.
Newton will hold office hours in Room 566 Cory Hall, 3:30-4:40, Tuesdays
and Thursdays, until further notice. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A reader containing relevant papers
and references is available for purchase at Copy Central Northside, 2483
2 is now available with a due date of November
19. Direct questions to Michael
New dot files are now available.
Project proposals are due October
31. Some project ideas have been suggested and are available here.
The course is project-based and
will include two programming-oriented homework assignments. Both homework
assignments will involve the use of the Java programming language (e.g.
1 and Homework
2 from Fall 1996) and the first homework is intended as a simple introduction
to Java. Try the Homework 2 solution by James
Young and Suzan Szollar. No previous experience is required, however
knowledge of C or C++ is very helpful. The use of our Web-based layout
data model will be described in detail (e.g. see references for Fall 1996).
Most of the grade will be based
on a final project that can be completed in teams of one or two people
and can be selected from a wide range of CAD-related topics, with permission
of the instructor. A project proposal for the class will be due by the
5th week of classes. EE244 projects are often associated with
a student's general research interest or direction and may lead to research
projects following the course. Some Projects
from Last Fall are still up.
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