# ECE/CS 5750/6750

Asynchronous Circuit Design

Spring 2009

## Course description

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the design of
asynchronous circuits due to their ability to eliminate clock skew problems,
achieve average case performance, adapt to environmental and processing
variations, provide component modularity, and lower system power requirements.
There is, however, a widely held belief that asynchronous design is difficult
and leads to inefficient and unreliable designs. The goal of this course is
to dispel this belief by introducing a systematic approach to
the design of asynchronous VLSI systems from a high-level specification to an
efficient and reliable circuit implementation. This course will include
both hands-on experience with existing CAD tools as well as learn the
algorithms within them.
Topics will include: specification, synthesis, optimization with timing
information, performance analysis, and verification.
## Instructor

Instructor:
Dr. Chris Myers
## Prerequisites

Students should have a familiarity with computer programming (CS 2010-2020)
and digital logic design (ECE/CS 3700).
## Textbooks

Asynchronous Circuit Design
by Chris J. Myers published by Wiley.
## Grading Policy

Participation |
10 percent |

Homework |
45 percent |

Project |
45 percent |

## Project

A major emphasis of this course will be a final individual project.
Students will choose one topic from the course, find research papers on
that topic, and implement a computer aided design (CAD) tool.
Each student must present the project both in a written report
and an oral presentation. The written project report should be four pages
in the IEEE two column format described
here.
## ECE/CS 6750

Students taking ECE/CS 6750 will be expected to solve extra homework problems
and complete a more extensive project.
## Meeting Times

Class Lecture |
10:45am - 12:05pm |
Tuesday and Thursday |
Dr. Myers |
WEB 1230 |

Office Hours |
1pm - 2pm |
Tuesday and Thursday |
Dr. Myers |
MEB 4112 |

## Handouts

## Lectures