Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering


Tina Smilkstein


MOS current mode logic (MCML) offers low noise digital circuits that reduce noise that can cripple analog components in mixed-signal integrated circuits, when compared to CMOS digital circuits. An MCML standard cell library was developed for the Cadence Virtuoso Integrated Circuit (IC) design software that gives IC designers the ability to design complex, low noise digital circuits for use in mixed-signal and noise sensitive systems at a high level of abstraction, allowing them to get superior products to market faster than competitors. The MCML standard cell library developed and presented here allows for fast development of mixed signal circuits by providing quiet digital building block gates that reduce the simultaneous switching noise (SSN) by an order of magnitude over conventional CMOS based designs [3]. This thesis project developed the following digital gates in MCML as a standard cell library for general-purpose low noise and very low noise applications: inverter, buffer, NAND, AND, NOR, OR, XOR, NXOR, 2:1 MUX, CMOS to MCML, MCML to CMOS, and double edge triggered flip-flop (DETFF).