This course covers the analysis and design of digital integrated circuits using CMOS technology. The course emphasizes design, and requires extensive use of MAGIC for circuit layout, and HSPICE and IRSIM for simulations.


Rabaey, Jan, Anantha Chandrakasan, and Bora Nikolic. Digital Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective. 2nd ed. Prentice Hall, 2002.

Material is also derived from the Journal of Solid-state Circuits and the International Solid-state Circuits Conference proceedings.


Basic device physics (6.012 or equivalent) and basic logic design (6.004 or equivalent).


There is a significant emphasis on the design aspect of the digital design process. The grade is based on problem sets, one design project, and two in-class quizzes. The final grade is calculated approximately using the following weights:

  1. Problem Sets (5)           20%
  2. Quiz #1                         25%
  3. Quiz #2                         25%
  4. Final Design Project      30%