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VLSI systems second sem study material

VLSI systems second sem study material

The study material for VLSI System second semester is listed here. Important subjects like VLSI Testing and Design of ASICS will be covered this semester. This semester becomes very crucial for the student as he has to prepare for interviews also and a regular curriculum also. Also if the candidate has got less CGPA in the first semester then he has to cover up here.

Along with the second-semester candidate also have to revise first semester subjects like analog, digital, Verilog, and basics of VLSI. Compared to the second semester the first semester will be a bit short in time and the first semester gets over as soon as the student gets set well with the academics.
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VLSI System Testing

This is one of the very important subjects from the VLSI second semester. This subject is very vast but very important from the VLSI interview point of view. The candidate must give priority to this subject irrespective of the complexity and length.
To score well and clear the concepts, attending classes regularly is a must. Follow the prescribed syllabus and look for articles and videos(NPTEL and YouTube) over the internet.
The standard reference book for the subject VLSI Testing is VLSI Test Principles and Architectures by Wang Wen Wu. Solution manual is also available for this book so that you can attempt, questions at the chapter end.
This subject mainly includes the basics of testing such as fault models and fault simulations and CMOS testing and DFT testing like scan-based designs, BIST – Built-in self-test, Memory testing, and various testing techniques.
The lecturer presentations for the is subject available as below, please refer them for clear understanding of concepts.
Detailed articles written on DFT testing and Memory testing in these articles, do study them also.
VLSI Physical design NPTEL course is available from Prof Indranil Sen Gupta, you can complete that course for complete understanding.

Design of ASICs

Detailed understanding of this subject is a bit complex as it is a very broad area. Following to prescribed syllabus and lectures will help to score in exams. But it is important to give as much time to this subject if you want to be an ASIC(Application-specific integrated circuits) design engineer.
VLSI job profiles like VLSI Backend design and Physical design engineer will need in-depth knowledge of the subject.
One of the common interview questions in the VLSI interview is to Explain the VLSI Design flow in detail or ASIC flow, to get to know about the candidate’s understanding of VLSI.
The main reference book for this subject is Application Specific Integrated Circuits ASICs by M J Smith. One more book VLSI Physical Design from Partitioning to Timing Closure can be referred to to understand partitioning algorithms in detail.
Presentations from the lecturer are available as below refer them for clear understanding of the subject.
The subject is lengthy so try to solve previous year’s question papers before the exam, which helps you to understand the importance of concepts.

Low power VLSI design

This subject gives candidates exposure to low voltage device modeling. The students will understand the designing of low power/voltage static and dynamic CMOS circuits and memory circuits.
The reference book for this subject is Low voltage CMOS VLSI circuits by James B Kuo and Lou
The lecture presentations for this subject are available. Going through them as per the prescribed syllabus.
This is more of a general subject that focuses on the various design and automation tool exposure to the students.
This subject comprises Verilog, System Verilog, Verilog AMS, Unix Operatic system, Various UNIX commands, Shell programming, TCL, and SPICE models, etc.
Below is the list of study material you can refer to,

Digital Image Processing (DIP)

This subject is an elective for a VLSI student. The main standard book for Image processing is Digital Image processing by Rafael.
DAST and IDAST are important topics that help to compress the image. An image fundamental basic will be covered in the whole subject.
The lecture notes are captured below,
This subject mainly deals with electronic system packaging. Various packaging techniques and PCB manufacturing process and also fabrication process of IC from a wafer to full functional chip.
How the clock network is distributed in the IC is one of the important concepts of the VLSI industry.
Complete Electronic system packaging course on NPTEL or YouTube.
Other than these six subjects there will be two labs.
One is the Analog IC design lab where you will be getting to know how to design analog circuits practically on cadence tools for example cadence virtuoso.
Second is ASIC CAD lab given exposure to front-end chip design tools from Cadence and Synopsys.
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