Welcome to VLSI Lab.
We have called it the Transistor, T-R-A-N-S-I-S-T-O-R, because it is a resistor or semiconductor device which can amplify electrical signals as they are transferred through it from input to output terminals. It is, if you will, the electrical equivalent of a vacuum tube amplifier. But there the similarity ceases. It has no vacuum, no filament, no glass tube. It is composed entirely of cold, solid substances.Director of Research, Bell Labs (30 June, 1948)
In 1958, Jack Kilby built the first integrated circuit flip-flop with two transistors at Texas Instruments. In 2020, Wafer Scale Engine 2 by Cerebras contained 2.6 trillion transistors. This corresponds to a compound annual growth rate of 56% over 62 years. No other technology in history has sustained such a high growth rate lasting for so long.
If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.Robert X. Cringely, InfoWorld magazine
Upon the inception of Department of EEE, BUBT, the VLSI Design Lab has been running as a gateway for students to learn VLSI designs. Upon completing this course students will be able to analyze the CMOS layout levels, how the design layers are used in the process sequence, and resulting device structures. They can experience designing integrated circuits using relevant CAD tools, and identify the interactions between process parameters, device structures, circuit performance and system design. They learn how to model digital systems in hardware description language at different levels of abstraction. Finally, they can complete a significant VLSI design project having a set of objective criteria and design constraints.