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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Farid Boussaid
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation)
BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and ELEC3020 Embedded Systems
Advisable prior study
ELEC3020 Embedded Systems
or ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
Contact hours
lectures, practical classes and laboratories
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.