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Learner Reviews & Feedback for VLSI CAD Part II: Layout by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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About the Course

You should complete the VLSI CAD Part I: Logic course before beginning this course. A modern VLSI chip is a remarkably complex beast: billions of transistors, millions of logic gates deployed for computation and control, big blocks of memory, embedded blocks of pre-designed functions designed by third parties (called “intellectual property” or IP blocks). How do people manage to design these complicated chips? Answer: a sequence of computer aided design (CAD) tools takes an abstract description of the chip, and refines it step-wise to a final design. This class focuses on the major design tools used in the creation of an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) or System on Chip (SoC) design. Our focus in this part of the course is on the key logical and geometric representations that make it possible to map from logic to layout, and in particular, to place, route, and evaluate the timing of large logic networks. Our goal is for students to understand how the tools themselves work, at the level of their fundamental algorithms and data structures. Topics covered will include: technology mapping, timing analysis, and ASIC placement and routing. Recommended Background: Programming experience (C, C++, Java, Python, etc.) and basic knowledge of data structures and algorithms (especially recursive algorithms). An understanding of basic digital design: Boolean algebra, Kmaps, gates and flip flops, finite state machine design. Linear algebra and calculus at the level of a junior or senior in engineering. Elementary knowledge of RC linear circuits (at the level of an introductory physics class)....

Top reviews

NS
Jun 15, 2020

This course is good for anyone who wants himself in the EDA industry. The teacher is very passionate and engaging, the content is thorough and well prepared.

MM
May 13, 2020

It was a great course, I learned a lot of new things from it. And the presentation and explanation of concepts by Prof. Rob A. Rutenbar were amazing!!!

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By Pankaj M

Aug 16, 2018

Very good to learn algorithms!

By Shresth N

Apr 10, 2019

very nice and challenging

By JAIRAM H G

Jun 9, 2020

Excellent course

By GANGAVARAPU M S

Mar 13, 2020

out standing

By NEETU S

Jun 20, 2020

good course

By harishanker

Jun 19, 2020

good course

By Aravind K

Apr 9, 2019

no comments

By Arighna D

Apr 30, 2019

Excellent.

By BHARATH K

Oct 31, 2017

Amazing!!!

By VYDADI R R

Apr 8, 2019

EXCELLENT

By V V R R

Apr 7, 2019

THANK YOU

By SIDDEM M

Mar 23, 2020

good

By DHARANIKOTA T K

Mar 19, 2020

good

By CH M

Mar 16, 2020

NICE

By Navdeep D

Apr 3, 2019

Good

By vikas r

Sep 9, 2020

With this course, I'm delighted with the progress I did. I learnt a lot from the course. The assignments were good to review our knowledge.

By Saurabh Z

Jul 13, 2020

Nice informative course for beginners.

By SAKHAMURI M

Apr 20, 2020

good idea to help for students

By HARSH V P

Apr 9, 2019

excelllent

By Isaac K

May 31, 2020

More interesting then the logic ,exam is very tedious! Still wish a vlsi series was less emphasis on software algorithms.