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Introducing VLSI computer-aided design into the EE curriculum: a case study

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4 Author(s)
M. T. O'Keefe ; Sch. of Electr. Eng., Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA ; J. C. Lindenlaub ; S. C. Bass ; T. P. Wahlen

The authors describe a case study at Purdue University's School of Electrical Engineering in the successful integration of VLSI CAD (computer-aided design) into both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The courses in VLSI chip design use the Manassas VLSI Interactive System for Automation (MVISA), a CAD program that implements all stages in the VLSI design process including logic entry (schematic capture), logic simulation, timing analysis, design rule checking, placement of cells, and automatic and manual wiring. The successful integration was due to several factors, including university-industry-government cooperation; the development of a comprehensive set of interactive tutorials and notes describing the lab procedures and VLSI issues considered in the class; and a coherent, structured approach to teaching system design as well as the use of CAD tools in this process. Modern educational techniques, including computer-aided instruction and videotaped lectures on VLSI, also played a part in the development of the CAD courses

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IEEE Transactions on Education  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 3 )