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ELEC3221 Digital IC and Systems Design

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The Principles of CMOS Digital Circuits
  • Power-reduction techniques
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of asynchronous circuits
  • Analyse the performance of synchronous systems
  • Describe architectures for Arithmetic Datapath Blocks
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design and layout simple digital CMOS logic gates


Introduction to IC Design - IC system design options - CMOS processing, layout and design rules - Stick diagrams - Static complementary gates - System design using standard cells Timing Schemes in Digital Systems - Principles of Synchronous Design - Clock trees and clock management - Asynchronous Circuits - Design and implementation of Synchronisers - Metastability in Digital System Design of large digital Systems - Fundamental concepts of datapath and controller - Circuit Power Consumption, design tradeoffs speed-power, introduction to low power circuit design - Design hierarchy Architecture of Arithmetic Datapath Blocks (Adders and Multipliers) - Comparision of standard designs - Complexity analysis - Delay analysis

Learning and Teaching

Follow-up work18
Wider reading or practice50
Completion of assessment task6
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Zwolinski M, (2010). Digital System Design with SystemVerilog. 

Tanenbaum and Wetherall (2010). Computer Networks. 

Weste N, Harris D (2011). Integrated Circuit Design: A Circuits and Systems Perspective. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 10%
Final Assessment  90%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: ELEC2221 or ELEC6259

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