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Integrated circuit design


Programme (detailed contents):


  • Starting from a real industrial application, the students will specify an embedded electronic system.
  • Using the previous specification, the students will design the system on chip and realize the software/hardware partitioning.
  • The students will design HW system architecture (digital and analog blocks, interfaces, power sources) taking into account the performances of the system (robustness, power consumption, frequency). The validation will be done by simulation and integrated circuit implementation (IP block).



  • Courses and labs
  • Project based learning
  • Link with English courses. The final report and the oral presentation are given in English.


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

  • MOS characteristics
  • CMOS analog and digital function performances  (consumption, efficiency, Signal-to-noise ratio, operating frequency , …)
  • The different simulation modes to characterize  analog and digital circuits performances
  • Design and optimization of advanced integrated systems
  • Co-design of SW/HW complex systems


The student will be able to:


  • Specify an advanced electronic system including digital, analog, RF circuits  and interfaces
  • Set up a design methodology (computer aided design) to respond to a specification
  • Design full custom CMOS circuits basis (IP blocks) of SoC.   
  • Simulate CMOS circuits performances with professional tools (Cadence)


Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...