Proceedings of International Conference on Microelectronic Systems Education

21-23 July 1997

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  • Proceedings of International Conference on Microelectronic Systems Education

    Publication Year: 1997
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    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):153 - 154
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  • Multimedia optimisation and demonstration for education in microelectronics (MODEM): a new European microelectronics telematics based educational initiative

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):127 - 128
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    Human capital is now generally accepted as the main limiting factor to growth in the microelectronics sector. To remain competitive in world markets, European industry must have access to an educated workforce in key enabling technologies such as electronic materials science, device physics, ULSI processing and microelectronics systems design. The objective of this paper is to present an overview ... View full abstract»

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  • Including HDL and synthesis in the EE and CSE digital design curriculum

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):125 - 126
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    The complexity of digital designs has increased drastically with the advent of the smaller geometry semiconductor process technology. This increase has made enormous demands on the industry, giving rise to Hardware Description Languages (HDL) which responded with its HDL-based design process, methodology, and design tools. HDL not only manages the increased complexity, but it also allows a shorter... View full abstract»

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  • Project-oriented training of engineering students on MMIC and HMIC at LHOG/INPG

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):123 - 124
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    There is a huge development in mobile communications in Europe and consequently, the need for training engineering students in microwave design is growing. We present here some students projects aimed at designing microwave subsystems in MMIC and HMIC technology, for different wireless communications applications. They have been performed at LHOG/ENSERG (INPG), France. The capabilities and constra... View full abstract»

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  • The French microelectronics training network supported by industry and education ministries

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):121 - 122
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    The Microelectronics Education in France is organised through a National Committee (CNFM) which makes links between Ministries (Education, Industry, Research), education institutions, and the trade Associations of this field. Eleven interuniversity centers providing education in process technology and Computer-Aided-Design in several fields of application were created during the 80's taking into a... View full abstract»

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  • Experiences teaching synthesis of FPGAs and testable ASICS

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):85 - 86
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    Microelectronic system designers are increasingly capturing their designs using hardware description languages such as VHDL and Verilog. The designs are then most often synthesized into programmable logic devices such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). This approach places the emphasis on a high-level design which reduces time to market by relying on synthesis software and programmable log... View full abstract»

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  • Role of FPGAs in undergraduate project courses

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):109 - 110
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    At the University of California, Davis, we have introduced four major year-long design options for students that require students to design a system that meets given specifications with real-world cost constraints and performance requirements. The use of FPGA-based designs has proven to be the key to making it possible to complete these complex projects in the one-year time frame View full abstract»

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  • The University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory joint program in mixed-signal VLSI and monolithic sensors

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):34 - 35
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    The University of Tennessee (UT) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have formed a cooperative joint program in mixed-signal VLSI and monolithic sensors. The intent of the program is to have a larger research and educational impact jointly than either institution could have alone. The joint program consists of joint facilities, joint research, an undergraduate intern program and a graduat... View full abstract»

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  • EUROPRACTICE and FUSE: the European Commission programmes for supporting education and technology transfer in microelectronics

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):83 - 84
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    Two major programs aiming at supporting academic education and technology transfer to SMEs in the field of microelectronics were launched in mid-95 by the Commission of the European Communities (EC). The EUROPRACTICE program provides basic services including silicon foundries, training and access to MCMs, microsystems and CAD software, while the FUSE program encourages companies to use a microelec... View full abstract»

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  • A distance laboratory for computer-aided design

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):107 - 108
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    A discussion has been held on the application of distance education at the CAD Laboratory of the Kaunas University of Technology. Modern capabilities of the Internet open the ways of using any CAD system via any computer, connected to the Internet. Three levels of communications are discussed. A distance laboratory uses specific adapted methods, re-formulated laboratory exercises and a special sof... View full abstract»

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  • EDA on Unix/Sparc and Win95/Intel platforms: does compatibility exist?

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):32 - 33
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    The constantly improving price/performance of the mass market PC is making this platform difficult to ignore when considering choices for student EDA software environments. At MSU, our traditional EDA environment has been based upon UNIX/SunSparc workstations. However the computation power of the average student home PC now routinely equals or exceeds the average workstation in our educational fac... View full abstract»

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  • Implementation of the VLSI education program at South Dakota State University

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):119 - 120
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    At South Dakota State University (SDSU), resources are scarce and student enrollment is limited. However, interested faculty and eager to learn students made VLSI education at SDSU a reality. The implementation of the VLSI education program, that started in 1994, is presented in this paper. Factors such as meeting needs and expectations of Industry, limited capabilities, and increasing constraints... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching the design of a chip under the Cadence Opus environment using the Alliance cell libraries

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):81 - 82
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    Shares experience of teaching the design of a chip under the Cadence Opus environment using the Alliance cell libraries. This course is taken by the students of the Master Degree in Integrated Circuits and CAD for VLSI of the University of Pierre et Marie Curie of Paris. The course, organized mainly as laboratory work, is intended to teach an industrial set of CAD tools for VLSI. During the first ... View full abstract»

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  • Multimedia virtual lab in electronics

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):151 - 152
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    Throughout the world, a huge effort is engaged in multimedia activities for educational products. This is particularly true in sciences where phenomenas are observed explained and used. Thus, multimedia through animation and interactivity proves all its potential. This paper describes the concept of a virtual lab developed at the LEG-EPFL (Electronics Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of T... View full abstract»

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  • Industrial strength design automation tools in an introductory computer engineering laboratory

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):105 - 106
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    This paper describes our experience with using Mentor Graphics electronic design automation software and Xilinx field programmable gate arrays at the introductory level. The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla has been a member of Mentor's Higher Education Program for almost ten years. We have been successfully introducing students to the tools by using a serie... View full abstract»

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  • A multilevel approach to teaching hardware description languages

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):5 - 6
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    Knowledge of hardware description languages is an important element in the educational background of both undergraduate and graduate electrical and computer engineering students. However, the manner in which they are exposed to hardware description languages should differ because of the different level of maturity of the student populations. Graduate students are mature intellectually and thus can... View full abstract»

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  • A simplified module interface style for synthesis education

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):73 - 74
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    In the synthesis course at Stony Brook we have made it possible for students to complete the tasks of specification, simulation, synthesis, FPGA fitting, low level verification, both on homework sets and on a non-trivial project, all within one semester. We do it by using a set of standard components and a consistent and standardized interface throughout: for the library components, for the design... View full abstract»

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  • Semiconductor teaching chips

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):19 - 20
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    We describe the first set of chips to be designed and manufactured with the specific objective of use in an education environment. The chips are the result of a collaboration between educators and industry and introduce students to complex microelectronics technology by presenting simple building blocks fabricated using standard semiconductor manufacturing techniques. Current usage indicates that ... View full abstract»

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  • A multidisciplinary course in rapid prototyping of wearable computers

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):145 - 146
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    The paper describes a multidisciplinary, systems building course at Carnegie Mellon University. Over the last eight semesters that the course has been taught, teams of undergraduate and graduate students have designed and fabricated seven new generations of wearable computers, using an evolving artifact- specific, multidisciplinary design methodology. Between the first and last generation, the ele... View full abstract»

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  • Infrastructure for laboratory distribution

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):95 - 96
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    Though laboratories are an important element in student education, the development of effective labs is impeded by several factors: (i) the present academic reward system does not encourage or promote laboratory development time; (ii) there is no mechanism in place to distribute labs; and (iii) there is no mechanism in place to review or recognize appropriate lab assignments. We propose a laborato... View full abstract»

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  • Learning by virtual doing: protocol simulators for surface analysis in microelectronics

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):30 - 31
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    The paper details how state-of-the-art technologies like multimedia, computer modeling and simulation may be applied with profit for education in microelectronics. It presents a set of multimedia courses on material characterization of VLSI wafers with different techniques. The major interest of the courses is the protocol simulator available for each technique. Such a simulator aims at giving the... View full abstract»

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  • Toward an optimized computer assisted electronics laboratory

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):55 - 56
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    This paper describes a project-based educational system recently implemented at the electronics laboratory of our department. This system utilizes a combination of hardware implementation and a specific type of computer simulation assistance, which is initially customized to the particular experiments of the few first laboratory sessions, and becomes progressively modifiable by the student through... View full abstract»

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  • A World-Wide-Web based instrumentation pool real testing in a virtual world

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):114 - 115
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    This paper proposes an original new way for integrating training of advanced measurement equipment in education at University level. It uses some of the WWW features such as the ability to have multimedia documents, the simplicity of the HTLM syntax and particularly the Web's networked structure. The basic idea is, that on the one side there is an instrumentation pool, that means a number of instr... View full abstract»

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  • Meeting the computer competency expectations of the construction industry

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):39 - 40
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    A Microcomputer Applications in Construction course was developed to provide computer literacy for undergraduate construction students. The course topics and the results of construction industry computer literacy expectations research are presented. A critical issue was the question of the extent to which multimedia application development should be included in the course. It is recommended that t... View full abstract»

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