ADMISSIONS 2019

Overview

  • Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) Circuit Design is the process of designing a large computer chip (more specifically, an integrated circuit, or IC), using computer-aided design (CAD) tools on a workstation or a personal computer (PC).
  • The course demands learning the principles of VLSI design, designing and fabricating the state of-the-art VLSI chips, understanding the complete design flow and expertise to design CMOS chips for industrial requirements.
  • Well balanced curriculum catering to the needs of industry as well as the research community.
  • The curriculum focuses on employing hierarchical design methods and understanding the design issues at the various levels of hierarchy.
  • Students are exposed to various design softwares in this programme. Also, they learn to design, simulate, implement and test complex digital systems using FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays).
  • Students are trained in several topics that cut across different domain, starting from lowermost level of physical devices to the top level of application development.

Research Areas

  • Expertise across different domains of VLSI Design flow such as VLSI testing, nanotechnology, architecture& design and device technology.
  • Current focus areas include Computing Architectures for Security, Hardware Security, VLSI Architectures for Signal Processing, Automotive Control Systems, High frequency CMOS Design and Modeling, Device Modeling for Nano Electronics, Low power VLSI Testing, Timing Analysis etc.
  • Ample scope for pursuing interdisciplinary research through collaboration with Centers of Excellence in Cyber security, Computing, Bio Medical Engineering etc.
  • With recent and rapid upsurge in the areas like hardware software co-design, architectures for machine intelligence, network on chip etc. the programme is designed to cater to the needs in producing engineers trained in both hardware and software areas bridging the gap between the academia and industry.

Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) Circuit Design is the process of designing a large computer chip (more specifically, an integrated circuit, or IC), using computer-aided design (CAD) tools on a workstation or a personal computer (PC). The course demands learning the principles of VLSI design, designing and fabricating state of-the-art VLSI chips, understanding the complete design flow and expertise to design CMOS chips for industrial requirements. The curriculum focuses on employing hierarchical design methods and understanding the design issues at the various levels of hierarchy. Students are exposed to various design softwares in this programme. Also, they learn to design, simulate, implement and test complex digital systems using FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays). The main objectives of this course are to analyze the electrical and design characteristics of transistors and gates and to study the issues and methodologies involved in the integration of these devices into complex high-performance systems.

With the recent and rapid upsurge in the areas like hardware software co-design, architectures for machine intelligence, network on chip etc. the programme is designed to cater to the needs in producing engineers trained in both hardware and software areas, bridging the gap between academia and industry. Students will be trained in several topics that cut across different domains, starting from the lowermost level of physical devices to the top level of application development.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  • PEO1 :  Attain mastery in applying VLSI concepts to Engineering problems so as to meet the need of the industry, teaching, higher education or research.
  • PEO2 :  Creation of expertise in the microelectronics domain to deal with design, development, analysis, testing and evaluation of the critical aspects of integrated circuits and its core concepts.
  • PEO3  :  To exhibit professional competence and leadership qualities with harmonious blend of ethics leading to an integrated personality development.

The Programme Outcomes (POs)

  • Creation of expertise and work force in the microelectronics domain to deal with design, development, analysis, testing and evaluation of the critical aspects of integrated circuits and its core concepts to cater to the requirements of the industry and academia
  • Facilitate research opportunities in the integrated circuits domain aimed at developing state-of the art technologies with value based social responsibility.
  • Developing professional competence in microelectronics domain and leadership qualities with a harmonious blend of ethics leading to an integrated personality development

How to Pursue Research Path After Completing this Programme:

There are many options for research since VLSI design is a vast and diverse filed with front end and back end design, analog and digital domains etc. A researcher can pick and choose a specific research topic and do research in that topic. Since VLSI devices are all pervasive and ubiquitous the developments are very rapid in terms of technologies and design and there is unlimited scope for advanced research in several areas. Understanding the design flow, tools and technologies will help in choosing the right research topic. Doing a thorough literature survey on that topic will help in identifying the research gap to be filled in to solve a research problem.

Advantages in Terms of Placements:

With a large number of VLSI design houses in India and especially in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi etc. both as part of big global corporates (Intel, Broadcom, Qualcomm, NXP, TI, ARM, AMD, Maxim, Synopsys, Cadence, mentor Graphics, Xilinx etc.) and Indian design teams (Wipro, Waferspace, Vayuvyalabs, Mistral,Mindtree, Tessolveand many others), there is a wide scope for VLSI engineers getting placed through internships and also directly after post-graduation

Possible International Collaborations (International Universities to Pursue Dual Degree/Higher Education)

Since VLSI design is a very dynamic domain with advances happening continuously and it is the research which drives the advancements, universities are at the forefront of VLSI research. Many of the students do research leading to PhD in international universities with which collaborations are established by Amrita centre for International programmes (ACIP).

Some of Our Recruiters - Placements and Internship

There are several other prospective companies for internships in VLSI domain.

Curriculum (2018 Regulation)

Semester I

Course code Type Course L T P Cr
18MA602 FC Mathematical Methods for Engineering
(Common for VLSI Design, Communication Engineering & Signal Processing and Biomedical Engineering)
3 0 2 4
18VL601 FC Graph Theory and Applications 2 0 0 2
18VL602 FC Physics and Technology of MOS Devices 3 0 0 3
18VL611 SC CMOS Integrated Circuits 3 1 0 4
18VL612 SC Digital System Design 3 0 0 3
18VL613 SC Analog IC Design 3 0 2 4
18VL631 SC VLSI Design Laboratory – I 0 0 4 2
18HU601 HU Amrita Values Program*       P/F
18HU602 HU Career Competency I*       P/F
    Credits       22
* Non-credit course

Semester II

Course code Type Course L T P Cr
18VL614 SC Design Verification 3 0 0 3
18VL615 SC VLSI Signal Processing 3 0 0 3
18VL616 SC Design for Test and Testing 3 0 0 3
  E Fractal Elective I 1 0 0 1
  E Fractal Elective II 1 0 0 1
  E Fractal Elective III 1 0 0 1
  E Live-in Lab/Elective I 3 0 0 3
  E Elective II/  Open Elective**  3 0 0 3
18VL632 SC VLSI Design Laboratory –II 0 0 2 1
18RM600 SC Research Methodology 2 0 0 2
18HU603 HU Career Competency II 0 0 2 1
    Credits       22
** Courses can also be taken from other departments

Semester III

Course code Type Course L T P Cr
18VL798 P Dissertation       10
    Credits       10

Semester IV

18VL799 P Dissertation 10
    Credits 10
    TOTAL CREDITS (22+22+10+10) 64

Foundation Core

Course code Course L T P Cr
18MA602 Mathematical Methods for Engineering
(Common for VLSI Design,Communication Engineering & Signal Processing and Biomedical Engineering)
3 0 2 4
18VL601 Graph Theory and Applications 2 0 0 2
18VL602 Physics and Technology of MOS Devices 3 0 0 3

Subject Core

Course code Course T P Cr
18VL611 CMOS Integrated Circuits 3 1 0 4
18VL612 Digital System Design 3 0 0 3
18VL613 Analog IC Design 3 0 2 4
18VL614 Design Verification 3 0 0 3
18VL615 VLSI Signal Processing 3 0 0 3
18VL616 Design for Test and Testing 3 0 0 3
18VL631 VLSI Design Laboratory – I 0 0 4 2
18VL632 VLSI Design Laboratory –II 0 0 2 1
18RM600 Research Methodology 2 0 0 2

Elective Courses

Analog Circuits and Devices L T P Cr
18VL701 VLSI Signal Conditioning 3 0 0 3
18VL702 Semiconductor Memory Design 3 0 0 3
18VL703 Optoelectronic Devices 3 0 0 3
18VL704 Mixed Signal VLSI Design 3 0 0 3
Testing and Verification
18VL711 VLSI Hardware Security and Trust 3 0 0 3
18VL712 Static Timing Analysis 3 0 0 3
18VL713 Design for Manufacturability 3 0 0 3
18VL714 Formal Verification 3 0 0 3
Computational  VLSI
18VL721 Computer Aided Design of VLSI Circuits 3 0 0 3
18VL722 Physical Design of Integrated Circuits 3 0 0 3
18VL723 Emerging Architectures for Machine Learning 3 0 0  
18VL724 Wavelets and Applications 3 0 0 3
18VL725 Data Structures and Algorithms 3 0 0 3
Architecture
18VL731 VLSI Architectures for Multi-Core and Heterogeneous Computing 3 0 0 3
18VL732 Hardware Software Co-Design 3 0 0 3
18VL733 Reconfigurable Computing 3 0 0 3
18VL734 Electronic System Level Design 3 0 0 3
18VL735 Low Power VLSI Circuits 3 0 0 3
18VL736 Network on Chip 3 0 0 3
Cyber Physical Systems
18VL741 Embedded System Design 3 0 0 3  
18VL742 FPGA Based System Design 3 0 0 3
18VL743 Cryptography 3 0 0 3
RF Integrated Circuits
18VL751 CMOS RFIC Design 3 0 0 3
18VL752 Communication Systems and Networks 3 0 0 3
Technology
18VL761 Nano Electronics 3 0 0 3
18VL762 VLSI Fabrication Technology 3 0 0 3
18VL763 Electronic Packaging and Reliability 3 0 0 3
18VL764 MEMS Design and Fabrication 3 0 0 3

Fractal Electives

Analog Circuits and Devices L T P Cr
18VL771 Analog Layout 1 0 0 1
18VL772 Feedback Amplifiers 1 0 0 1
18VL773 Analog Filters 1 0 0 1
18VL774 Phase Locked Loops 1 0 0 1
Testing and Verification
18VL775 Built-in Self Test 1 0 0 1
Computational  VLSI
18VL776 Deep Learning Techniques 1 0 0 1
18VL777 Internet of Things 1 0 0 1
RF Integrated Circuits
18VL778 Low Noise Amplifier Design 1 0 0 1
18VL779 Oscillator Design 1 0 0 1
18VL780 Signal Integrity 1 0 0 1
Technology
18VL781 FINFET Architecture 1 0 0 1
18VL782 Gallium Nitride Devices 1 0 0 1

General Subjects   Curriculum & Syllabus

Oppotunities for M.Tech VLSI Students

  • Placement opportunities.
  • Scholarship for high performance students.
  • Internship in core companies.
  • Academic PhD opportunities in all domains of VLSI.
  • Focus on Academics and Research.

Research Conducted at the Department

  • The project work spread over three semesters allows students to train and develop their research ability., improve the presentation skills through seminars, and report preparation
  • Enables the student to organize, coordinate and focus and improve their creativity in developing research problems and their analysis and approaching the solutions.
  • Enables the students to Improve the general awareness on publication, awareness on indexing of publications, quality evaluation, Able to prepare; documents, journal papers, selection of journal, conferences and presentation through seminars

Ph.D. Program and Area of Focus:

  • VLSI front end
  • Timing analysis
  • Testing and Verification
  • Architecture using High level Synthesis
  • Solid State Device Modelling

Top Publications

Apart from papers in scopus journals and conferences our top publications include IEEE Transactions in VLSI Society, Elsevier and springer

Join Amrita M.Tech VLSI Design @ Coimbatore campus

Contact :

Dr. Yamuna B
M.Tech VLSI Design Program Coordinator
b_yamuna@cb.amrita.edu

Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering,
Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have any of the following, scoring a minimum of 60% with a pass. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology (including the final year students awaiting the results) Master’s degree in any branch of Science / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications  Professional Society Examinations recognised by MHRD / UPSC / AICTE equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech / B. Arch.

 

You can join this program at
Degree: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School: 
School of Engineering
Campuses: 
Bengaluru
Coimbatore