Digital Logic; Fall, 2003

VADA (VLSI Algorithmic Design Automation) Lab.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Sungkyunkwan University

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To foster design innovation and creative thinking, a major part ofthe class grade is based on a design project. The idea of the project isto study one of the current "hot items" in digital circuit design and to propose, analyze and design a novel solution to one of those problems. The project is performed in groups of two and will span the complete semester.


  • 10/28: Proposal of Topic (Style and Guide)
  • 10/28-12/1  Design Execution.
  • 12/2 - 12/16: Presentation of Design Results (Style and Guide)


    1. Creativity: 40%
    2. Performance (the number of gates and speed compared with existing approaches): 40%
    3. Design Complexity (form factor: the number of gates you are using): 20%


    Especially recommended are projects that are related to High-Speed and/or Lower Power Design, as this is the special theme of this semesters class. Other interesting topics are welcome as well. To give some initial guidance, a list of potential topic areas is given below.

    High Speed and Lower Power Logic Designs for Application Specific Processors

    • Power-Delay Tradeoffs for Arithmetic Units such as Multiplier/Divider
    • Low-Power Adaptive Digital  Filters
    • The Logarithmic Number Systems for strength reduction in adaptive Filtering
    • Low-power Vitervi decoder (ref. Source/Tutotial on Viterbi Decoder ASIC design )
    • Low Power Methodology and Design techniques for processor design (ref. J. Patrick Brennan, et al. IBM Microelectronics Division, Essex Junction, VT)
    • Power Consumption of Spread Spectrum Correlator Architectures (ref. Won Namgong and Teresa Meng, Stanford Univ.)
    • Design Methodologies for Low power signal processing (ref. Keshab. K. Parhi, Uni. of Minnesota, MN, Francky Catthoor, IMEC, Leuven, Belgium)
    • Lower power Wireless communications (ref. Michiel Steyaert, ESAT, Leuven, Belgium and Charles Chien, Rockwell Science Centre)
  • Your own hot topic, whacky ideas ...


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