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.

2022W, VO, 3.0h, 3.0EC
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  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • LectureTube course
  • Format: Presence

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

ECTS Breakdown:

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



Course dates

Tue11:00 - 13:0004.10.2022 - 24.01.2023FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu11:00 - 13:0006.10.2022 - 26.01.2023FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Digital Design - Single appointments
Tue04.10.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu06.10.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Tue11.10.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu13.10.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Tue18.10.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu20.10.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Tue25.10.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu27.10.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu03.11.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Tue08.11.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu10.11.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu17.11.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Tue22.11.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu24.11.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Tue29.11.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu01.12.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Tue06.12.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Tue13.12.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Thu15.12.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture
Tue20.12.202211:00 - 13:00FAV Hörsaal 1 - INF Lecture

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
Fri12:00 - 14:0006.10.2023HS 14A Günther Feuerstein written01.09.2023 00:00 - 05.10.2023 23:59TISSStart of WS23
Tue14:00 - 16:0030.01.2024HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE written11.01.2024 00:00 - 29.01.2024 23:59TISSEnd of WS23
Thu14:00 - 16:0007.03.2024EI 2 Pichelmayer HS - ETIT written20.02.2024 12:00 - 06.03.2024 23:59TISSStart of SS24
Tue13:00 - 16:0030.04.2024EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT written01.04.2024 00:00 - 29.04.2024 23:59TISSPrüfung Mai 23

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
19.09.2022 00:00 06.01.2023 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 CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 535 Computer Engineering Mandatory3. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


No lecture notes are available.

Preceding courses

Continuative courses