Low-Power Integrated Circuits Design (LPIC)




Department of Engineering


Quarter 2





Primary programme

Master of Science in Engineering

Language of teaching



Aarhus University

Teacher: Farshad Moradi

Hours - Weeks - Period

4 hours/week, Q2

Recommended prerequisites

Introduction to Integrated Design (must) / CMOS Analog Integrated Circuit Design (preferred)

Teaching Methods

Lecture, Lab.


Course description

With recent developments in the wireless networks field, novel and innovative biomedical applications based on this technology are being developed in the research as well as commercial market. Having biomedical chips with the least energy per operation is one of the most important factors in this field with an optimal performance. Therefore there is a need for low power design by applying some techniques in circuit or architecture level. The main goal of this course is giving an introduction to the state of the art today’s CMOS technology with the focus on circuit techniques to reduce the power consumption of portable devices (Longer battery life time) and improve their performance. This course will give this motivation to students giving their ideas on improving the performance, reducing the power, robustness and reliability improvement of Nano-scale CMOS designs. The participants must at the end of the course be able to:

Course objective

This course provides an introduction to ultra-low power digital/analog circuit design. The material will cover CMOS devices and manufacturing technology along with CMOS inverters and gates. Other topics include propagation delay, noise margins, power dissipation, and regenerative logic circuits. We will look at various design styles as well as the issues that designers must face, such as technology scaling and the impact of interconnect. Examples presented in class include arithmetic circuits, semiconductor memories, and other novel circuits. This course will start with introduction to CMOS fabrication and important concepts in IC design. Next, the design of complex combinational and sequential circuits is explained including novel techniques to reduce power and performance improvement. Finally, different memory architectures will be explained along with the techniques used to improve their performance. New techniques to reduce the power and improve speed are discussed in this class. The course will introduce a project giving this opportunity to the students to design a chip from transistor level to system level using CAD Tools. The focus of this course is to learn about techniques to reduce power consumption of biomedical chips. The course will cover some lectures about biomedical devices and corresponding circuits.


Lecture notes: primary reference

Most material will be from recent research papers on low power design




Introduction to IC Design

Overview of Low Power Design

Low Power Architectures

Low Power Circuit Design

Low voltage Circuit Design

Low Power Memory Design

Device/Circuit co-design

Biomedical System-On-Chip (Case study)

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