VLSI System Design (121146)

This page contains information about the elective course VLSI System Design as taught at the University of Twente.



The rest of the text on this page refers to the 2005-2006 edition of the course.


As the coming edition will be the first one for this course, the contents are not fully fixed. Some keywords:

Compulsory Material

The material to be studied for this course consists of:

List of papers and books

  1. Pedram, M., Power Minimization in IC Design: Principles and Applications, ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems, Vol. 1(1), (January 1996). On-line copy (only in UT-domain).
  2. Pedram, M. and A. Abdollahi, Low-Power RT-Level Synthesis Techniques: A Tutorial, IEE Proceedings on Computers and Digital Techniques, Vol. 152(3), pp 333-343, (May 2005). On-line copy (only in UT-domain).
  3. Benini, L., G. De Micheli and E. Macii, Designing Low-Power Circuits: Practical Recipes, IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine, Vol. 1(1), pp 6-25, (2001). On-line copy (only in UT-domain).
  4. Verbauwhede, I. and C. Nicol, Low Power DSPs for Wireless Communications, International Symposium on Low-Power Electronic Design, ISLPED'00, Rapallo, Italy, pp 303-310, (2000). On-line copy (only in UT-domain).
  5. Sparsoe, J. and S. Furber (Eds.), Principles of Asynchronous Circuit Design, A Systems Perspective, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, (2001). The first 8 chapters can be downloaded from Jens Sparsoe's home page. To be studied: Chapters 1, 2, 3, Sections 4.1, 4.2, Chapter 5, Sections 7.1, 8.3, and 8.4.
  6. Berkel, K. van , J. Kessels, M. Roncken, R. Seijs and F. Schalij, The VLSI-Programming Language Tangram and Its Translation into Handshake Circuits, European Conference on Design Automation, EDAC'91, pp 384-389, (1991). On-line copy (only in UT-domain).
  7. Peeters, A. and K. van Berkel, Single-Rail Handshake Circuits, Second Working Conference on Asynchronous Design Methodologies, pp 53-62, (May 1995). On-line copy (only in UT-domain).
  8. Peeters, A., Single-Rail Handshake Circuits, Ph.D. Thesis, Eindhoven University of Technology, Institute for Programming Research and Algorithmics (TUE-IPA), (June 1996). On-line copy. This material is optional, only meant for background reading.

Own Slides

Release Date
Organization April 25, 2006
Low-power design April 25, 2006
Low-power design, Part 2 May 1, 2006
Asynchronous systems, Part 1 May 8, 2006
Asynchronous systems, Part 2 May 15, 2006
Asynchronous systems, Part 3 May 22, 2006
Verification May 29, 2006

External Slides

SystemC Bernhard Niemann, SystemC 1.x Introduction and Tutorial, 4th European SystemC Users Group Meeting, 2001.

Examination and projects

The projects should be carried out either by teams of two or by individuals.

The following projects need to be carried out (you are allowed to propose alternative projects):

The examination consists of a discussion on your project results and an oral examination on the entire theory. You will receive separate marks for each project. The average of the two marks is your base mark. Your performance in the theory part of the oral examination will be used to correct the base mark at most by one point (up or down) to become the final mark.


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