VSD - Circuit Design & SPICE Simulations - Part 2

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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

This is a follow-up course on my previous one "Circuit design and SPICE simulations - Part1" 

It is a must, that you go through Part 1 of this course, to fully understand and apply using open source tools. This course will help you do some advanced quick SPICE simulations, while you analyze the behavior of your devices.

In this course we will cover:

1.Voltage Transfer Characteristics - SPICE simulations

2.Static behavior Evaluation : CMOS inverter Robustness

•Switching Threshold

•Noise margin

•Power supply variation

•Device variation

So let's get started (again) and keep those questions coming in the forum, and I will answer all of them.

See you in class !!

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding on Industiral physical design flow, clock tree synthesis and static timing analysis to get applications of this course
  • Even if you are not aware of above one's, that's even better, you can start from scratch

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand, in brief, Physics of MOSFET
  • Run smart SPICE simulations on your own and test your own circuits
  • Get better understanding of Timing Analysis
  • Learn VLSI from scratch to advanced (this includes my other courses as well)

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested to know, what drives this $Billion VLSI industry
  • Anyone looking to do some practical and hands-on work on SPICE simulations
  • Any professional already doing Static Timing Analysis and wants to go into details of delay models
  • Anyone looking to stay for a long time in VLSI domain

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Voltage Transfer Characteristics - SPICE simulations
SPICE deck creation for CMOS inverter
SPICE simulation for CMOS inverter
SPICE deck for CMOS inverter (W/L)p = (W/L)n Preview
SPICE deck for CMOS Inverter (W/L)p = 2.5(W/L)n Preview
Model file Preview
VTC - Quiz
2 questions
Section 3: Static behavior Evaluation : CMOS inverter Robustness - Switching Threshold
Switching Threshold, Vm
Analytical expresssion of Vm as a function of (W/L)p and (W/L)n
Analytical expression of (W/L/)p and (W/L)n as a function of Vm
Static and dynamic simulation of CMOS inverter
Static and dynamic simulation of CMOS inverter with increased PMOS width
Applications of CMOS inverter in clock network and STA
Switching threshold quiz
6 questions
Section 4: Static behavior Evaluation : CMOS inverter Robustness - Noise Margin
Introduction to noise margin
Noise margin voltage parameters
Noise margin equation and summary
Noise margin variation with respect to PMOS width
Noise margin quiz
4 questions
Section 5: Static behavior Evaluation : CMOS inverter Robustness - Power supply variation
Smart SPICE simulation for power supply variations
SPICE deck for power supply variation experiments
Model file for power supply variation experiments Preview
Advantages and disadvantages using low supply voltage
Power supply variation quiz
4 questions
Section 6: Static behavior Evaluation : CMOS inverter Robustness - Device variation
Sources of variation - Etching process
Sources of variation - oxide thickness
Smart SPICE simulation for device variations
SPICE deck for device variation experiments
Model file for device variation experiments
Device variation quiz
2 questions
Section 7: Conclusion

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Instructor Biography

Kunal Ghosh, Growth Hacker & Co-Founder at VLSI System Design(VSD)

As a 'Growth Hacker', I intend to help students/professionals build their profile even stronger in semiconductors and VLSI, by creating courses at every possible domain in Back end. The experiments which I perform in VSD courses using open-source EDA tools, are of similar complexity of current chip design industry. Till date I have nurtured around 10000+ students and professionals through videos and many of them have been placed or moved to leading semiconductor industries. I have been doing this part time for past 6 years, and now doing this full time at VSD. Happy Learning!!

Now, to be really successful in the field of VLSI and Semiconductors, you need to take the courses in below order:

1) VSD - Physical design flow

2) VSD - Clock tree synthesis - Part 1 & 2

3) VSD - Signal Integrity

4) VSD - Static timing analysis - Part 1 & 2 (Can be taken in between)

5) VSD - Circuit design and SPICE simulations Part 1 & Part 2 (This is the core of VLSI, so you can take it in beginning or end)

6) VLSI - Essential concepts and detailed interview guide (This course is a glimpse of all above courses, but for details of each topic, you need to take course 1) to 5).)

7) VSD - Custom Layout (Can be taken in between)

Connect with me for more guidance !!

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

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