VLSI Design

About the track


The Basic VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) Design course is EAMTA’s most traditional track. It is also known as the “Introduction Track” and is the initiation course for all students who pass through the School.

Track goal

To provide the student with the knowledge of the physical fundamentals of MOS device operation, as well as the fundamental principles of the CMOS microfabrication process. Also, provide the students the ability to design basic analog and digital circuits, as well as the use of CAD tools.

Hands-on project: 4-bit counter

The objective of the project is that the student learns the physical fundamentals of the operation of MOS devices, as well as the fundamental principles of CMOS integrated circuits fabrication. It also allows the student to acquire the ability to design basic analog and digital circuits, as well as the use of CAD tools.

  • The objective of this activity is to propose a moderated design problem to test the use of VLSI circuit design tools. 

  • The student will have to verify the logic and electrical circuit that is presented, and once this stage is passed, proceed to design the physical design of the circuit.


Dr. Ing. Pedro Julián (UNS, CONICET)

Dr. Pedro Julián (UNS, Bahía Blanca) holds a PhD in Systems Control from Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, 1999. He is currently Principal Investigator of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Visiting Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Whiting School of Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, Associate Professor with exclusive dedication at the National University of the South and Director of Micro and Nano Electronics Laboratory at the Universidad Nacional del Sur.

Dr. Ing. Nicolás Calarco (UNComa, CONICET)

Dr. Nicolás Calarco (FI-UNComa) has a degree in Electronic Engineer from the Engineer Faculty of the the Universidad Nacional del Comahue (2013), and PhD from Universidad de Buenos Aires (2020). He is a lecturer in the Digital Technics area in the electronic engineering career at FI-UNComa. He integrantes the Laboratory of Optics Engineering of University of Comahue developing mixed-signal photodetection integrated circuits

Dr. Ing. Gabriel A. Sanca (UNSAM)

Dr. Gabriel Sanca (ECyT-UNSAM) is a researcher and professor at the Escuela de Ciencia y Tecnología (ECyT) in ASIC design and nano devices. He is part of the LabOSat project since 2015. He holds a PhD in Applied Sciences and Engineering from the ECyT of the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (2020) whose thesis is entitled “Integration Study of RS devices with CMOS technology for applications in hostile environments”. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from the School of Engineering of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (2015).



Preparation content

Course participants should start to introduce themselves by watching these videos. At least half must be seen to be able to tackle the first week of the course.