VLSI Design Synthesis & STA Course

Advanced VLSI Design Synthesis & STA Course


This course is designed to help VLSI career aspirants in the field of VLSI Synthesis & Static Timing Analysis. It covers complete details from VLSI design specification, CHIP preformance goals and acheiving design goals, in this course students can acquire suffiecient skills as needed by Industry. Course modules are designed as per Industry needs and provides complete indepth knowledge to handle challenges in VLSI Back End Flow. Aspiring candidates will learn complete knowledge from netlist generation and complete static timing analysis, by working on advanced lower nanometer technology nodes. The course will benefit VLSI Engineers seeking to enter into VLSI backend design job. In this role engineers will be working for Block & full chip designs.

The main focus of the course is to make each engineer understand backend process design of IC from RTL to netlist & timing analysis. While in course work, for every candidate more emphasis is given on learning through practicals backed by theoritical concepts taught during classes & in the lab sessions.


With Electronics as major subject in B.E/B.Tech/M.E/M.Tech, atleast 60% throughout academic career. Basic knowledge in Verilog/VHDL, Good knowledge on Digital design, Good knowledge on any Microcontroller/Processor architectures, and Good logical & analytical ability

Selection based on written test and personal Interviews for eligible interested Candidates. Syllabus for written test covers Digital logic design, Processor architecture, and Analytical and Logical questions. Please walkin/mail/call us to schedule for written test & personal interview. Working VLSI/Software professionals will get direct admissions.

Course Outline

    Overview of Digital design methodology, Representations of Digital Design and understanding of digital systems, logic gates, combinational and sequential logic. Review HDL’s and RTL implementation of digital logic systems.

    Introduction to semiconductor technologies, logic gates, Review CMOS basics, CMOS digital design concepts. Understanding CMOS process parameters and characterization of logic gates

    Overview of ASIC/SOC design flow, Digital Design Concepts and Physical Design flow setup. Review of ASIC fundamentals & fabrication methodologies.

    a) Introduction to digital design
    b) Number representation, complements and Boolean logic
    c) Basic logic gates and logic functions
    d) Optimization techniques for logic functions
    e) Design of combinational circuits.
    f) Implementation and analysis of combinational circuits like, adders, comparator, multiplier etc.
    g) Design of synchronous sequential circuits.
    h) Implementation and analysis of sequential circuits Flip-Flops, registers, counters, and simple processor
    i) Design of Asynchronous Sequential Circuits
    j) Design of Finite State Machines (FSM)
    k) Discussion - Special circuits like LFSR, FIFO, barrel shifter etc.
    l) Case study – PROTOCOLS LIKE AHB, APB, PCI, UART etc.

    a) Introduction to Verilog HDL.
    b) Gate-Level modeling.
    c) Dataflow modeling.
    d) Operators.
    e) Data types.
    f) Modeling timing and delays.
    g) Behavioral modeling.
    h) Parameters, tasks and functions.
    i) Compiler directives.
    j) System tasks.
    k) File input/output.
    l) Switch-level modeling.
    m) User Defined Primitives.
    n) Design examples – FSM, ALU, RAM, ROM, UART, Traffic light signal.

    a) Introduction to ASIC's and ASIC flows
    b) Insight into various ASIC design Architecture
    c) Writing RTL for ASIC design flow
    d) ASIC Design Flow using Synopsys and cadence Tools
    e) Using special digital modules in ASIC design
    f) Static RAM and Dynamic RAM
    g) Clock and Reset managements, power sequencing
    h) Clock gating and low power designs
    i) Dedicated arithmetic functions

    a) Simulation and synthesis issues.
    b) RTL design strategies.
    c) Static timing analysis.

    a) Introduction to STA
    b) Comparison with DTA
    c) Timing Path and Constraints
    d) Different types of clocks
    e) Clock domain and Variations
    f) Clock Distribution Networks
    g) How to fix timing failure
    h) Introductions to timing static and dynamic hazards,
    i) Path delay, Gate delay, Metastability states.
    j) Sequential timing delays like set-up time, hold time,
    k) Maximum frequency, violations, slew, slack.
    l) Delay analysis
    m) Sequential logic pad to set up,
    n) pad to pad,
    o) clk to next Reg,
    p) Reg to o/p and
    q) Reg to Reg. violations wrt sequential circuit.

    Design data preparation, process technologies and standard cell libraries. Understanding of standard cell technology parameters, netlist generation and technology mapping. Reviewing timing constraints and IO constraints. Low power and low area design concepts

    Implementation of RTL design and synthesis, generating netlist and estimating performance of synthesized design. Area/timing report checks, design constraints for synthesis. Efficient synthesis techniques. SDF generation

    a) IP synthesis &: Static timing analysis
    b) Full chip SoC Static timing analysis

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