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CSc 4250/6250 VLSI CAD & Computer Architecture Laboratory

Fall Semester, 2005
4.0 Credits
Classroom: CS room 400
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:15 to 8:55 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Michael Weeks
Computer Science Department

Teaching Assistant: Ms. Vidya Rangaswamy
Account name on server (used to submit hmwk): vrangaswamy1
Teaching Assistant's Office hours: 10-12 Tuesdays and Thursdays
Location: CS room 400


The class syllabus is broken into three sections.
  1. See the class specific information.
  2. See the class policies.
  3. See the calendar.


Dates are subject to change:
Homework 1 - due September 22.
If we were not able to read your homework, use the following command from the classroom, after changing to the TA's hmwk1/youraccout directory:
setfacl -m u:vrangaswamy1:r filename
See diagram to magic file.
Project Proposal - Due Oct 6
Homework 2 - due October 6.
Test 1 - Oct 6
See Instructions for Spice. (updated October 25)
Homework 3 - Using Spice to test circuits
I created the following log file using Spice.
Homework 4 - (6250 only) summary and presentation assigned Oct 13, due Nov 15, the same day as the paper presentations.
Homework 4 - assigned Nov 17, due Nov 30
Project presentations will be held on the last days of class.
Turn in ALL magic files related to your final project to the TA by December 8. Submit them like you did for homeworks, but to the "hmwk5" subdirectory.
The project write-up is due December 8.
Information on the project write-up and presentation

Final exam schedule
Our final exam will be: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 7:15 p.m.

General Information

Information about materials used in fabrication.
The silicon atom
The silicon crystal
The p-doped silicon crystal
The n-doped silicon crystal
The Inverter*
The Nand* gate
The Nor* gate
Software that you may find useful for this class.

FAQ for Verilog
Group Presentation Schedule
The e-mail log may answer your common questions.

* for more information, please see the text book used in this course.

Magic Software

See examples of gates drawn in Magic.
See the Magic helpfile.
Here is a log file showing how I run Magic remotely.
Visit this site for Magic information and software.
Visit this site for basic Magic information.
Berkeley has a nice Magic tutorial.
Magic 7.1 for windows can be found here.
Spice software