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VLSI and Solid State


The field of VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) is concerned with the design, production, and use of highly complex integrated circuits. The revolution in communications and information technology has been fueled by less publicized advances in other areas. One of these is the ability to manufacture integrated circuits containing thousands of transistors with high reliability. OSU has active research in several types of Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI). These areas include: Mixed mode CMOS VLSI including analog, MEMS, VLSI computer architecture, and digital circuit and system design.


As systems become smaller and smaller, more capabilities are being put directly onto a wafer including the integration of analog and digital electronics. Moreover, existing designs require excessive design costs to achieve the power, area, and performance requirements of complex system-on-chip (SoC) solutions making current designs challenging and exciting. Oklahoma State University is a leader and innovator in VLSI design extending novel uses of the technology and concepts originally developed for integrated circuits, including integrated sensor arrays, digital photography, highly parallel computers, micro-actuators, neural networks, and a variety of special-purpose architectures and networks of special-purpose devices.


  • Courses
    • Semiconductor Devices
    • Digital Systems Testing
    • RF/Microwave Circuit Design
    • Digital VLSI Circuit Design
    • CMOS Analog Integrated Circuit Design
    • Analog VLSI for Signal Processing
    • Microelectronic Fabrication
    • System on Chip Architectures
    • High Speed Computer Arithmetic
    • Advanced High Speed Computer Arithmetic
  • Research Labs

    VLSI Computer Architecture Research Group
    Mixed Signal VLSI Design Group



Dr. Chris Hutchens

received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Engineering with an emphasis in Bioengineering from South Dakota State University in 1971 and 1972 respectively, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1979 from the University of Missouri. He has over 10 years of clinical, industry and government laboratory experience in Biomedical Electronics and Mixed Signal VLSI (MSVLSI), and is among the nations first Certified Clinical Engineers. He is the recipient of multiple DOE and SPAWAR research awards in MSVLSI. Dr. Hutchens’ MSVLSI research is focused in low power Analog and RF VLSI for all extreme environments.

Dr. James Stine

received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 2000. He was an assistant and associate professor at Illinois Institute of Technology from 1999 to 2005, where he directed the VLSI Computer Architecture, Arithmetic and CAD Research Laboratory. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Stine specializes in research and teaching in VLSI, computer arithmetic, computer system architecture and digital design. His research contributions have been extensively published in journals and conference proceedings. He is the author of two monographs in the area of computer arithmetic. He is a member of the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, Eta Kappa Nu and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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