ELEC5503 Digital Microelectronics System Design

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit develops in-depth technical competence in the design and synthesis of digital integrated circuits (ICs). The topics covered include IC manufacturing technology, layout and design rules, static and dynamic logic, arithmetic blocks, transistor sizing and propagation delay, optimisation for performance (speed, area and power), memories, floor planning, clocking, interconnect issues and challenges of future IC design. Students make extensive use of computer-aided design (CAD), IC design and verification tools through the IC design project.
Students are able to (1) design and optimise digital IC for performance (speed, power, silicon area); (2) apply advanced MOSFET modelling to evaluate circuit performance; (3) produce a layout (or blue print) of a digital IC for subsequent fabrication; (4) proficiency with industry standard IC design tools; (5) explain IC manufacturing process and associated technological challenges; and (6) contribute effectively as a member of a project team and communicate results through a concise technical report and technical oral presentation.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project; (2) class test 1; and (3) class test 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Farid Boussaid
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation)
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
Contact hours
lectures, practical classes and laboratories
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