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A modern VLSI chip has a zillion parts -- logic, control, memory, interconnect, etc. How do we design these complex chips? Answer: CAD software tools. Learn how to build thesA 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 first part of the course is on key Boolean logic representations that make it possible to synthesize, and to verify, the gate-level logic in these designs. This is the first step of the design chain, as we move from logic to layout. 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: Computational Boolean algebra, logic verification, and logic synthesis (2-level and multi-level). 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. Exposure to basic VLSI at an undergraduate level is nice -- but it’s not necessary. We will keep the course self-contained, but students with some VLSI will be able to skip some background material.e tools in this class....

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Sep 3, 2020

One of the best courses that I have come across in the Coursera platform which is very interesting, I'm very glad that I took this course which leads to exploring some concepts of VLSI.

Jun 16, 2020

Very good course and instructor. The material used in the course is very good and the theories and heuristics were explained in best possible manner with help of examples.

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By Gaurav K K

May 27, 2019

Very informative and challenging assignments

By Sunny B

Jul 17, 2018

Well planned and well organized course!

By harishanker

May 11, 2020

excellent course to enhance the skill

By N S S L G

Jun 20, 2020

it was very productive to learn

By Thammisetty A

Jun 4, 2020

the course was very interesting

By Abhishyanth B

Nov 3, 2021

I had an awesome experience !!


May 10, 2020

good to learn through coursera

By Dr. J V S

Oct 24, 2020

Excellent and useful to all


Jun 25, 2020

Lot of new things studied

By Pravin W J

Jun 30, 2020

Its really good course

By Vemula V V K H

Jun 2, 2020

good for understanding

By Ayush G

Jul 16, 2017

Best course till now

By Ganta T R

May 30, 2020

course is excellent

By neetu B

May 23, 2020

amazing teaching

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May 22, 2020


By Dhananjay

Feb 5, 2021

enjoyed a lot

By Nishant S

May 28, 2020

great course


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Aug 5, 2020

very good


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By Shuvmay C

Sep 7, 2018

The marking scheme for the quiz is a little difficult, given the level of the quiz ,the marking scheme should be relaxed and partial marks should be granted.

Rest the course is amazing , prof. Rob Rutenbar has done a fantastic job in explaining the boolean algebra and important concepts like gate network repair or replacement, Multilevel logic, Dont Cares, e.t.c.

Its a good course to take , boolean algebra will be certainly strong after the completion of the course.