CMOS Game of Life


CGoL (pronounced seagull) is the final project for a CMOS/VLSI design course. 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, we are waiting for the chip to be fabricated.

This project was done with Evan Kahn. See the Github repository here.

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