Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Computer Aided Design

IPN Acad. year 2006/2007 Winter semester 5 credits

Course is not open in this year
Design automation concept. Software packages CAD/CAE. Specification of OrCAD and Xilinx platform. Specification and synthesis of digital systems. Schematic design tools, partitioning of logic design, digital system simulation, standard and advanced methods for placement, autorouters. Programming of programmable logic devices (PLD), design of printed circuit boards (PCB). Output data for manufacturing.


Language of instruction



Examination (written)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 10 hrs pc labs, 16 hrs projects

Assessment points



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Ability to design and realize digital circuits on the platform of printed circuit boards and PLD circuits.

Learning objectives

The goal is to inform students how to work with software packages CAD/CAE for schematics drawing, simulation of digital circuits and its implementation on the PLD and PCB platform.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Knowledge of the theory of logic circuits and the basic set of logic elements 

Study literature

  • Mazumder P., Rudnick M.: Genetic algorithms for VLSI design, layout & test automation. Prentice Hall, 1999, ISBN 0-13-011566-5.
  • Zendulka, J., Schwarz, J.: Design automation of digital systems, textbook, VUT Brno, 1992, 160 pp.

Fundamental literature

  • Clyde F., Jr. Coombs (Editor): Printed Circuits Handbook, McGraw Hill, 1995, ISBN 0070127549.
  • Mazumder P., Rudnick M.: Genetic algorithms for VLSI design, layout & test automation. Prentice Hall, 1999, ISBN0-13-011566-5.
  • Breuer M., A.: Design automation of digital systems, vol. 1, Prentice-Hall, 1973, USA, ISBN 0-13-199893-5.

Syllabus of lectures

  • Introduction into CAD tools.
  • Specification and synthesis of digital circuits.
  • Decomposition of large circuits.
  • Schematic editors.
  • Digital simulator.
  • Manual and auto-placer.
  • Auto-router.
  • Design of PLD circuit.
  • Advanced design of PLD circuits, critical timing.
  • Design of printed circuit boards (PCB).
  • VLSI circuit design: A survey.
  • Optimization algorithms.
  • Generation of output data for manufacturing.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

  • Logical and physical design of a given digital circuit

Progress assessment

  • Mid-term written exam - 20 points.
  • Individual project - 15 points.
  • Laboratory - 15 points 
  • Final written examination - 50 points.
  • Passing boundary for ECTS assessment - 50 points.

Controlled instruction

Laboratory practice and project are monitored

Exam prerequisites

Requirements for class accreditation are not defined.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, any year of study, Elective
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