VSD - A complete guide to install open-source EDA tools

A step towards freedom in IC design!!
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Install open-source tools on their personal laptops or computers
Get started with examples and designs showcased in all my other courses
This would be the first course to be completed and implemented before taking all other courses
Everyone who has already enrolled to my other courses, will be able to overcome the challenge in installing open-source tools

Requirements

  • Basic digital design
  • Basic terms and terminologies about physical design and timing analysis

Description

This FREE course will enable you and help you overcome the challenges that you face installing open-source tools. Well, I have launched a couple of courses which shows how to use the open-source tools, while this course shows how to install open-source tools. So this course should make you completely unloaded from the burden of how to install open-source tools, since we don everything from scratch. 

Our focus mainly is on open-source EDA tools installation, that briefly covers below tools:

  • Ngspice – General purpose circuit simulation program for non-linear and linear analyses

  • Magic – VLSI Layout editor, extraction and DRC tool

  • Opentimer – Open-source high performance timing analysis tool

  • eSim – Complex Circuit design, SPICE simulation, analysis and PCB design

  • Qflow –  Tool chain (like Yosys, Graywolf) for complete RTL2GDS flow  

All installation steps including exclusive links for every tool has been captured in this course...

So start your installation right now and design your chip FREE OF COST....

Welcome to a FREE world of IC design......and happy learning!!

Who this course is for:

  • Everyone who wants to explore and innovate using open-source EDA tools
  • Every hobbyists who want to implement their design using open-source EDA tools
  • Everyone who wants freedom to characterize, analyse, place and route their ideas

Course content

4 sections25 lectures3h 35m total length
  • Introduction to IC design components
    09:10

Instructor

Digital and Sign-off expert at VLSI System Design(VSD)
Kunal Ghosh
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Kunal Ghosh is the Director and co-founder of VLSI System Design (VSD) Corp. Pvt. Ltd. Prior to launching VSD in 2017, Kunal held several technical leadership positions at Qualcomm's Test-chip business unit. He joined Qualcomm in 2010. He led the Physical design and STA flow development of 28nm, 16nm test-chips. At 2013, he joined Cadence as Lead Sales Application engineer for Tempus STA tool. Kunal holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India and specialized in VLSI Design & Nanotechnology.

Hands on with Technology @

1) MSM (mobile station mode chips) - MSM chips are used for CDMA modulation/demodulation. It consists of DSP’s and microprocessors for running applications such as web-browsing, video conferencing, multimedia services, etc.

2) Memory test chips - Memory test chips are used to validate functionality of 28nm custom/compiler memory as well as characterize their timing, power and yield.

3) DDR-PHY test chips - DDR-PHY test chips are basically tested for high speed data transfer

4) Timing and physical design Flow development for 130nm MOSFET technology node till 16nm FinFET technology node.

5) “IR aware STAandLow power STA

6) Analyzed STA engine behavior for design size up to 850 million instance count

ACADEMIC

1) Research Assistant to Prof. Richard Pinto and Prof. Anil Kottantharayil on “Sub-100nm optimization using Electron Beam Lithography”, which intended to optimize RAITH-150TWO Electron Beam Lithography tool and the process conditions to attain minimum resolution, use the mix-and-match capabilities of the tool for sub-100nm MOSFET fabrication and generate mask plates for feature sizes above 500nm.

2) Research Assistant to with Prof. Madhav Desai, to characterize RTL, generated from C-to-RTL AHIR compiler, in terms of power, performance and area. This was done by passing RTL, generated from AHIR compiler, through standard ASIC tool chain like synthesis and place & route. The resulting netlist out of PNR was characterized using standard software

PUBLICATION 

1) “A C-to-RTL Flow as an Energy Efficient Alternative to Embedded Processors in Digital Systems” submitted in the conference “13th Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, Architectures, Methods and Tools, DSD 2010, 1-3 September 2010, Lille, France

2) Concurrent + Distributed MMMC STA for 'N' views

3) Signoff Timing and Leakage Optimization On 18M Instance Count Design With 8000 Clocks and Replicated Modules Using Master Clone Methodology With EDI Cockpit

4) Placement-aware ECO Methodology - No Slacking on Slack

Tips on order in which you need to learn VLSI and become a CHAMPION:

If I would had been you, I would had started with Physical Design and Physical design webinar course where I understand the entire flow first, then would have moved to CTS-1 and CTS-2 to look into details of how the clock is been built.

Then, as you all know how crosstalk impacts functioning at lower nodes, I would gone for Signal Integrity course to understand impacts of scaling and fix them. Once I do that, I would want to know how to analyze performance of my design and I would have gone for STA-1, STA-2  and Timing ECO webinar courses, respectively

Once you STA, there’s an internal curiosity which rises, and wants us to understand, what goes inside timing analysis at transistor level. To full-fill that, I would had taken Circuit design and SPICE simulations Part 1 and Part 2 courses.

And finally, to understand pre-placed cells, IP’s and STA in even more detail, I would have taken custom layout course and Library Characterization course

All of above needs to be implemented using a CAD tool and needs to be done faster, for which I would have written TCL or perl scripts. So for that, I would start to learn TCL-Part1 and TCL-Part2 courses, at very beginning or in middle

Finally, if I want to learn RTL and synthesis, from specifications to layout, RISC-V ISA course will teach the best way to define specs for a complex system like microprocessor 

Connect with me for more guidance !!

Hope you enjoy the session best of luck for future !!