A MIPS R2000 implementation


Thirty-four undergraduates implemented a MIPS R2000 processor for an introductory CMOS VLSI design course. This included designing a microarchitecture in Verilog, developing custom PLA generation and ad-hoc random testing tools, creating a standard cell library, schematics, layout, and PCB test board. The processor was fabricated by MOSIS on an AMI 0.5-micron process, included 160,000 transistors, and ran at 7.25 MHz.

2008 45th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference