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Date 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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  • 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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  • Interactive learning toolbox for logic synthesis with VHDL

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):77 - 78
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    With the advance in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technology, digital design in VLSI has moved from the bottom-up design approach to top-down design methodology with the aid of advanced Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools. The most common design platform is one in which the tools make use of VHDL as the design medium. It has become the standard approach for designing digital circuit/systems. Ho... View full abstract»

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  • Experience teaching a senior level course on digital design using FPGAs

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):97 - 98
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    Enhancing undergraduate and graduate curriculum to include state-of-the-art tools and techniques deserves utmost importance in this fast paced world of engineering and technological growth. Design, the art of applying one's knowledge and experience to the solution of real problems is what makes engineering an exciting and rewarding career. In this paper, experience from teaching a senior level cou... 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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  • 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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  • A VLSI circuit design course for practitioners and researchers

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):9 - 10
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    Graduate students can usually be classified in two categories: research engineers and practicing engineers. The microelectronic systems education of these two groups of students have different objectives. This paper describes a one semester course developed to meet the objectives for both groups of students. The course lectures cover custom and semicustom CMOS VLSI circuit design, and the laborato... View full abstract»

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  • Microelectronic design cooperative education program

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):51 - 52
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    We describe our experiences in using microelectronic design projects as cooperative education experiences for electrical engineering majors. We discuss funding of the necessary VLSI design laboratory and describe our course offerings. We believe our “alternative co-op” program is of value to VLSI educators with limited resources who are looking for ways to provide students with an alte... View full abstract»

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  • Getting started with VHDL

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):135 - 136
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    This paper describes a module developed by the author for the initial teaching of VHDL. A `self-teach' approach is adopted whereby students with a minimum of tutor support can progress from a basic knowledge of digital logic to modelling an ALU in six three hour sessions. The course script and its accompanying assessment manual are written in such a way as to be portable and easily updated. Evalua... View full abstract»

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  • Low cost, prototype ASIC and MCM fabrication and assembly from the MOSIS service

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):68 - 69
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    The MOSIS Service at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute offers services to obtain custom designed prototype quantities of ASICs and Multichip Modules (MCMs). The service recently added MIDAS, the MultiChip Module Designers' Access Service for MCM fabrication to the list of standard offerings. Thus a designer can now access domestic, high-volume IC and MCM produc... 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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  • 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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  • Using hypermedia for programmable logic devices education

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):111 - 113
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    PLDs are very complex devices that can be described using a lot of different non-excluding but related concepts. Usually, PLD education is based on the analysis of specific devices of several manufacturers, but this method is nor suitable because it gives only a particular insight. This situation demands a new methodology that summarizes all the characteristics of PLDs and makes possible a dynamic... View full abstract»

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  • Integrating CAE tools into computer engineering courses

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):13 - 15
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    The use of CAE tools in digital logic and computer circuit design is growing in importance in two separate but closely related areas: first, by allowing the design team to bring new products to market faster, and second, to provide the tools needed to cope with the complexity and density of the integrated circuits used in the products. This paper describes our experiences in commercial quality CAE... 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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  • Facilitating interconnect-based VLSI design

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):139 - 140
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    Since interconnect is becoming a limiting constraint for microelectronics technology, VLSI design curricula and supporting CAD tools require significant change. We describe the introduction of Rensselaer's interconnect performance estimator (RIPE) into a VLSI design class View full abstract»

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  • Introducing multimedia in teaching of digital system design

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):89 - 90
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    In this paper we will present a project which started as VDHL Online and is now developing into an integrated teaching system for high level design of digital systems. The VHDL Interactive Learning project is based on the Internet as information storage system. Using the Internet offers a wide range of abilities: static information like foils and explaining text, links which cannot be realized in ... 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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  • 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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  • Significant microelectronics systems design experience for a heterogeneous class of CS, CE, and EE students

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):143 - 144
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    Using structured design techniques borrowed from software programming, beginning circuit designers at the University of Cincinnati consistently create correct, working chips containing several thousand gates. Careful choice of topics and easy-to-use tools allow consideration of physical behaviour and optimization techniques and also prepare students for more advanced study of circuit design. Chip ... 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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  • Design, integration and characterization of analog integrated circuits: a complete design flow dedicated to microelectronics education

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):75 - 76
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    Teaching analog electronics leads us to set up a complete analog integrated circuit design flow to allow students to detail the main aspects of designer's tasks. In our case we propose the following design flow: circuit design and simulation, circuit integration by customizing prediffused array, die bonding and testing of the final circuit. All these steps require classical equipment except custom... 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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  • Personal-computer based digital and analog VLSI design laboratories

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):25 - 27
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    A goal in the Electrical Engineering Division at Alfred has been to expand the VLSI curriculum to a pyramid of courses structured to teach the students VLSI design from several aspects. Emphasis of the new VLSI design curriculum is on design methodologies and specific applied design paradigms. The VLSI tools are used solely on personal computers, and the courses are designed so the instructor can ... View full abstract»

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