ECE 5/410 Integrated Circuit Physical Design
Spring 2008, Boise State University


The Google groupís ( and the email address is


Lecture notes are here

Homework assignments, project information, and due dates are located here

Current grades are here


For the fabrication of chips in this class, AMIís 500 nm (C5 with two polysilicon layers and 3 levels of metal) will be used with a MOSIS technology code of SCN3ME_SUBM with a lambda of 300 nm.

MOSIS information for this process is located here and the SPICE models are C5_models.txt

In this course we will make extensive use of LTspice for SPICE simulation and Electric for layout and schematics (Electric video tutorials).

Layout examples using Electric from the lectures are found in ece5410_s08.jelib.


Textbook: CMOS Circuit Design, Layout and Simulation, Revised Second Edition (Chapters 1-6, 10-15, 18)
Instructor: Jake Baker
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00-6:15 pm

Course dates: Wednesday, January 23 to Wednesday, May 7

Location: MEC 106

Holidays: Monday, February 18 (presidentís day), Saturday, March 22 to Sunday, March 30 (spring break)
Final Exam time: Monday, May 12 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Course content Ė An introduction to CMOS IC design, layout, and simulation. MOSFET operation and parasitics. Digital design fundamentals, design of digital logic blocks. PREREQ: ECE 322. COREQ ECE 323.

For Graduate credit (ECE 510): a more complex project will be assigned and (sometimes) an additional exam problem will given.


20% Midterm1
20% Midterm2
15% Homework/Quizzes

5% Class participation (in class and via the Electric and CMOSedu Google groups)
20% Project (with a possible oral presentation component)
20% Final


Email questions should be sent to the CMOSedu google group (not directly to the instructor).

While the instructor may likely respond quickly (to make getting the credit for the 5%

class participation challenging) questions for the instructor (only) should be asked in person

during his office hours.



No late work accepted. All assigned work is due at the beginning of class.

Neither the final exam nor final project will be returned at the end of the semester.

Regularly being tardy for lectures, leaving in the middle of lectures, or earlier from lectures is unacceptable without prior consent of the instructor

Cheating or plagiarism will result in an automatic F grade in the course (so do your own homework and projects!)