CMOS Game of Life

A CMOS/VLSI implementation of Conway's Game of Life for an 8x8 LED matrix

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The goal of this project is to create a hardware implementation of Conway’s Game of Life on an 8x8 LED grid. This chip is designed in a 0.6 µm CMOS process to be fabricated on a 1.5 x 1.5 mm 40-pin MOSIS “TinyChip”. The CGoL implementation has one standard start configuration, R-pentomino, as to limit the size of the hardware needed.

The chip consists of both custom and synthesized components. A custom register file was designed as to suit the needs of the project. The remaining components were synthesized from Verilog.

The chip has been verified in simulation. Currently, Evan and I are waiting for the chip to be fabricated.

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 12/16/2017 at 14:38 point

Do you have a high-resolution picture of the layout ? :)

Edit: ooops, there it is :

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matseng wrote 06/29/2017 at 04:19 point

I wish there was a distance course at some uni where anyone could sign up to and learn about chip design and also get free access to Cadence and a subsidized fab.....

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 10/26/2016 at 01:04 point

Yes, beautiful, I'm still waiting for updates !

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SHAOS wrote 10/25/2016 at 23:23 point

1st of all - Wow :)

2nd of all - Which software did you use to design this thing?

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Vaibhav Viswanathan wrote 10/26/2016 at 01:06 point


We used Cadence!

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