182.693 Digital Design
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VO, 3.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • desrcibe the design and fabrication flows of a digital CMOS ASIC, justify their steps and list the challenges involved in them,
  • correctly apply the abstraction of a field-effect transistor as a switch and use it to explain the basic function of simple logic gates
  • describe implementation and operation of fundamental function blocks of digital logic, and apply them properly
  • design a (combinational or simple sequential) digital circuit solving a given problem, and compare implementation options
  • identify, in an application, the limits of the models and abstractions used in digital design, and appropriately account for them
  • relate defects and functional faults in a digital integrated circuit to their potential cause in the design and fabrication flow, and describe the effect ot the most relevant parameters of influence in a qualitative and, where possible, a quantitative way.

Subject of course

  • logic optimization
  • structure and specifications of logic gates
  • basic arithmetic circuits (adder, multiplier)
  • I/O features (schmitt trigger, open collector, ...) 
  • power dissipation and cooling 
  • synchronous logic, limitations, state machines
  • metastability
  • memory types 
  • VLSI design flow
  • simulation of hardware
  • target technologies for VLSI designs 
  • chip manufacturing process 
  • defects and testing

Teaching methods

This is a classical lecture. The whole material is presented in lectures, in theory as well as with a relation to practical application. Example calculations are made during the lecture to facilitate the preparation for the final exam, and to show quantitative results and relations.Fundamental issues like the "speed signal propagation" are illustrated in experiments to allow for an intuitive understanding. The lecture slides including numerous animations are available on the homepage. For the preparation of the final exam a collection of past exams is also available.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Introductory lecture and first lecture are on Oct 4, 2021 at 11:15  online. You can find the link to the Zoom Meeting in TUWEL after course registration.


ECTS Breakdown:

36h ... lecture time
39h ... continuous engagement with the lecture contents, preparation time for final exam
75h ... corresponding to 3ECTS



Course dates

Mon11:00 - 13:0004.10.2021 - 17.01.2022 Zoom (LIVE)Lecture
Fri11:00 - 13:0008.10.2021 - 14.01.2022 Zoom (LIVE)Lecture
Digital Design - Single appointments
Mon04.10.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Fri08.10.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Mon11.10.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Fri15.10.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Mon18.10.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Fri22.10.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Mon25.10.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Fri29.10.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Fri05.11.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Mon08.11.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Fri12.11.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Mon15.11.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Fri19.11.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Mon22.11.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Fri26.11.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Mon29.11.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Fri03.12.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Mon06.12.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Fri10.12.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture
Mon13.12.202111:00 - 13:00 ZoomLecture

Examination modalities

wirtten exam with theory questions and calculation-/design-assignments

in case of CoVid-related restrictions the exam will be online in a mixed written and oral form


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Mon14:00 - 16:0020.12.2021Informatikhörsaal - ARCH-INF written19.12.2021 00:00 - 19.12.2021 23:59TISSPrüfung MidSemester WS2021
Mon14:00 - 16:0031.01.2022Informatikhörsaal - ARCH-INF written30.01.2022 00:00 - 30.01.2022 23:59TISSPrüfung EndSemester WS2021

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
13.09.2021 00:00 31.12.2021 00:00

Registration modalities

Course registration will allow you access to the TUWEL course where you can find the lecture slides as well as the link to the online lecture.


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 535 Computer Engineering 3. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


No lecture notes are available.

Preceding courses

Continuative courses