Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 14.02.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Due to Dr. Marko Kosunen's research visit to UC Berkeley, during spring 2019 the main responsible teacher for this course will be Dr. Vishnu Unnikrishnan ( Please contact him for general matters related to the course.

ELEC-E3520 Digital Microelectronics I L

ELEC-E3520 Digital Microelectronics I P

ELEC-E3520 Digital Microelectronics I P

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 14.02.2019

Teaching Period: III (Spring 2019)

Credits: 5

Teacher: Vishnu Unnikrishnan

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III 2018 - 2019 (spring)
III 2019 - 2020 (spring)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Student gets acquainted with the history of digital microelectronics, elementary building blocks (logic gates), and is familiar with the electrical functionality of the gates and the most important electrical relationships affecting the functionality.  Student is familiar with the most common methods for power consumption and delay optimization. He also knows the most common arithmetic building blocks, understand their functionality, and  is familiar with the  optimization methods used for adders and multipliers.  Student is familiarized with the commonly used power/speed trade-off methods on algorithmic level, and is familiar with the commonly used  advanced algorithms, and understand what the algorithm optimization is based on.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Introduction (history of digital microelectronics), Inverter, Logic, Synchronization circuits, Bit transfer and signaling, elementary arithmetic building blocks, algorithm level optimization methods.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Exercises 30%, Presentation 20%, design project 20%, Exam 30%. 50% of exam points are required to qualify.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lecture 14h  (2h, 7 times): Introduction to theory and motivation.

Exercises (2h, 7 times) Mathematical handling of the topic and design methods.

Presentation  (preparations 6h) and listening the presentations of the others  (4h).

Design project  ca. 10h.

Exam 2h.

Independent work ca. 60h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lecture slides

Rabaey, Chandrakasan, Nikolic, "Digital Integrated Circuits- A design perspective", Prentice Hall 2003.

Parhi, "VLSI Digital Signal Processing Systems-design and implementation", Wiley 1999.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

S-87.3182 Digital Microelectronics I

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic knowledge of electronics.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

language class 3: English


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