Back End VLSI Design

A two day workshop on “Back End VLSI Design” was organized by Centre for Continuing Education, Nirma University during April 5 – 6, 2019. The program was conducted under the coordinator-ship of Dr. Akash Mecwan, Assistant Professor and Dr. Vijay Savani, Assistant Professor of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, Institute of Technology, Nirma University.

The program was intended for faculty of technical Institutes teaching or doing research in the areas of Back End VLSI Design. Other than this industry personal who want to get hands-on practice on for the various tool used in the area of back end VLSI design. It was also open for PhD research scholars and UG/PG students interested in exploring the tools used in VLSI back end design.

The lectures and hands on sessions were conducted on topics such as Digital Design Flow using CAD tool, CIC Flow (From Schematic to GDS), Process variation and Monte Carlo simulations, Op-Amp design and implementation using mentor graphics tool, and RF Circuit Design and Simulations. Hands on sessions were conducted on different Tools for back VLSI design.

The program was attended by 10 participants from institutes like VVP Engineering College, Rajkot and Nirma University.

On 5th April, 2019 total three sessions were conducted. Typical design ASIC and CIC design flow was discussed and hands on were carried out using VLSI CAD Tool. The complete flow of design and implementation of operational amplifier was discussed. Hands on session was conducted for simulation using mentor graphics tools was carried out. On the second day (6th April 2019) Dr. Vijay Savani covered Layout to GDS Flow, followed by the process variation, PVT, Corner analysis and Monte Carlo simulation was discussed. Dr. Akash Mecwan had covered the various issues and challenges in RF Design. He had also demonstrated and carried out the hands-on sessions for various simulation methods for RF circuit design.

The participants appreciated the various laboratory sessions and the hands-on sessions. The presentations of all the sessions along with other material was shared with the participants through google drive. A written feedback was taken from all the participants and a summary of same is enclosed along with the report.

Overall it was a happy learning for the participants and a nice experience for the organizers too.