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Advanced VLSI Laboratory, IIT Kharagpur

Advanced VLSI Laboratory, IIT Kharagpur

Advanced VLSI Design Laboratory, IIT KharagpurThis year we will try our best to keep everyone abreast of what is happening at IIT Kharagpur, especially programs where alumni effort and funds have been deployed . The first in this series will be a report on the Advanced VLSI (”AVLSI”) Design Laboratory.

The AVLSI Laboratory was one of the first high technology laboratory/research projects that was funded by the IIT Foundation. In the few years of it’s existence, it has already exceeded all expectations and has been an unqualified success.

Roy daSilva,
President, IIT Foundation

Here are some facts and figures on the laboratory, courtesy of Prof. Amit Patra, the Professor-In-Charge:


In the year 2000, the golden jubilee of IIT Kharagpur, the IIT Foundation came up with a visionary plan to set up a state of the art VLSI Design Laboratory in its alma mater. The principal objectives of this laboratory has been:

  • Design and Implementation of VLSI devices in a wide range of application areas using the state of the art tools and technologies
  • Development of advanced VLSI design automation tools and technologies
  • Development of trained manpower for the VLSI and microelectronics industry

Major Achievements and Activities:

  • Publications in international conferences and journals
  • More than 40 publications in the last year
  • Designs have won prizes in the Design Contests at all the International VLSI Conferences held in India
  • State of the art projects with National Semiconductors, Intel, Sun Microsystems, Synopsys, etc.
  • Students and faculty provided with training by Georgia Tech, University of Washington, University of Michigan
  • Intensive courses conducted regularly by international scholars and top professionals
  • Extensive In-house training programmes organized annually
  • Runs student laboratories for UG / PG courses at IIT Kharagpur

Thrust Areas:

  • Analog and RF Building Blocks
  • DC-DC Converters
  • Cryptographic Processor
  • Power-optimized RISC Processor
  • 3G Wireless
  • Single Chip Radio
  • Behavioral Modeling of Analog & Mixed Signal Circuits
  • Formal Verification
  • Layout Automation
  • Test Automation
  • Design Space Exploration
  • Process Technology & CAD
  • Embedded System Tools

Fabricated Chips:

Fabricated more than 30 chips in 0.25m CMOS, 0.18m CMOS and 1.5m BiCMOS technologies. These include:

  • Rijndael Encryption chip
  • 200 MHz Galoi Field Processor
  • Pipelined DLX Processor
  • Baseband Processors for 3G Wireless and GSM
  • Bandgap Reference
  • LNA, Mixer & VCO Circuit
  • Direct Conversion Receiver
  • 6-bit, 100 MHz ADC
  • 900 MHz QPSK Modem
  • DC-DC Buck and Boost Converters
  • Multi-phase and Multi-output Converters
  • One Volt Radio


Computing Resources:

  • Sun Enterprise-450 Server
  • 10 Sun Ultra-60 Dual Processor Workstations
  • 50 SunRay Thin Clients


  • Cadence: Virtuoso Schematic, Spectre, EDIF, Build Gates Synthesis, Dracula, DIVA, Assura,etc.
  • Synopsys: University Package including Design Compiler, Prime Time, Vera, etc.
  • MAGMA Tools
  • Mentor Graphics Tools

Test Equipment:

  • Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer
  • Network Analyzer
  • Logic Analysis System
  • Noise Figure Test Set
  • Digital Storage CRO
  • Multipurpose Test Equipment and accessories

Faculty Involved:

IIT Foundation AVLSI Team Members:

To learn more about the laboratory, visit their home page.

To donate money to this project or any other, please visit our Donation Page.

Posted by: Roy Dasilva @ Jan 20, 2006, 3:45 pm PST    Filed under: Fund-raising    


  1. Really proud and happy to learn the progress made at the AVLSI lab…

    Comment by Anjan Chaudhuri — January 23, 2006 @ 8:20 am PST

  2. This is definitely a good progress made at the centre. I hope many such centres are encouraged and more progress be made.

    Comment by Venkatesa Balasubramanian — August 9, 2008 @ 12:38 am PDT

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