October 2010:

  • Read up on discrete math and Reed-Solomon coding.
  • Investigated several signalling methods from a VLSI implementation standpoint.

November 2010:

  • Setup standard-cell based synthesis flow using Design Compiler and UMC 90nm technology.
  • Created test-bench framework for digital standard-cell flow.
  • Implemented a number of encoder/decoder pairs used for different signalling methods.

December 2010:

  • Performed first order analysis of power and area figures for several encoder/decoder pairs.
  • Setup of place and route flow for UMC 90nm technology using Encounter.