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Microelectronic Systems Education (MSE), 2011 IEEE International Conference on

Date 5-6 June 2011

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  • Message from the General Chair

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  • Conference committee

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  • Keynote speaker

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    Mobile devices such as laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones and game consoles have become our de facto interface to the vast amount of information delivery and processing capabilities of the cloud. The move to mobility has been enabled by the dual forces of ubiquitous wireless connectivity combined with the increasing energy efficiency offered by Moore's law. Yet, a major component of the mobi... View full abstract»

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  • Thanks to our sponsors!

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  • Table of contents

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  • Author index

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  • [Copyright notice]

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  • Teaching for evolution towards embedded multi-sensor interfaces

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    This paper outlines experiences in bringing up a course with significant sensing and actuating capabilities, on top of the already existing infrastructure support for training embedded wireless system design. The role of the suitable development platform, design kits and the lab experiments is outlined, and the expected outcomes are highlighted. We emphasize the role of scaffolding principle, whic... View full abstract»

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  • Bluetooth wireless handset for people with severe motor disabilities: Capstone design project for rehabilitation technology

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):5 - 8
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    Even common daily-used devices such as a mobile phone or a remote controller can be a big hurdle for disabled people. As the levels and types of disabilities have a wide variety, it is difficult to expect that devices from mass production are tailored for each disabled person. In this paper, we introduce a capstone design project to develop a Bluetooth wireless handset for people with a motor disa... View full abstract»

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  • Industrially inspired just-in-time (JIT) teaching

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):9 - 12
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    This paper describes a curriculum that relies on leaving material for instruction flexible for as long as possible prior to class meetings, termed “just-in-time (JIT) teaching.” As such, we describe a project-oriented course sequence that integrates several related disciplines in microelectronic-system design with an industrial inspired teaching model. By keeping the material of the ... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching graphics processing and architecture using a hardware prototyping approach

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):13 - 16
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    Since its introduction over two decades ago, graphics hardware has continued to evolve to improve rendering performance and increase programmability. While most undergraduate courses in computer graphics focus on rendering algorithms and programming APIs, we have recently created an undergraduate senior elective course that focuses on graphics processing and architecture, with a strong emphasis on... View full abstract»

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  • Advanced logic design through hands-on digital music synthesis

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):17 - 20
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    This paper presents a hands-on advanced logic design course using digital music synthesis as the basis of all homework and labs. A Verilog-based design flow is coupled with a FPGA development board, a digital to analog converter, and a small amplifier which enables a complete progression of specification, implementation and verification over the 10 week quarter. The gratification of hands-on audio... View full abstract»

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  • Puzzle solver accelerators make excellent capstone design projects

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):21 - 24
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    We present a computer engineering capstone design project course focused on accelerating intensive computations via integration of application-specific co-processors with digital processor systems. We propose utilization of puzzle solvers as attractive, scalable and simple-to-understand applications to engage students with practicing a number of fundamental concepts in algorithm design, HW-SW co-d... View full abstract»

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  • What to read? With whom to work? Where to publish? — Scientific techniques for organizing and conducting engineering research

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):25 - 28
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    There are an ever more rapidly increasing number of design and CAD conference and journal papers. In particular, there are also a large number of design researchers (paper authors) and a large number of microelectronics conferences. Significant government and industrial funding and even higher research effort is allocated to a great variety of topics. While some researchers keep changing collabora... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching low voltage electronics: The case of the rectifier circuit

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):29 - 30
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    This paper highlights some deficiencies of the classical model of the basic rectifier circuit and presents an alternative analytical model for very low voltage operation. The goal is to introduce the model in a course and lab on Electronics Fundamentals. View full abstract»

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  • A bottom-up approach to digital design with FPGA

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    Deeds is a tool, specifically designed for educational applications, for design and simulation of digital systems based on combinational and sequential blocks, finite state machines and microcomputers. Deeds is characterized by an extremely simple user interface and it is associated with a large repository of application projects, available on the web. The paper presents a newly developed feature ... View full abstract»

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  • A hole in one: A project-based class on mechatronics

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):35 - 38
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    We present a 10 week long project-based course on mechatronics that combines lab exercises with an open-ended team project that takes the students from a very basic understanding through development of a small ground robot. Students' basic skill sets are developed using team weekly lab assignments covering software, analog electronics, rapid prototyping and fabrication techniques, and motor drive ... View full abstract»

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  • Introducing hardware emulation in the ECE curriculum

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):39 - 40
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    This paper describes a collaborative effort between Mentor Graphics and Portland State University to introduce hardware emulation into the undergraduate and graduate electrical and computer engineering curriculum. We detail several parallel approaches that address a need for both broad exposure to the concepts of hardware emulation and more in-depth experience with transaction-based verification. View full abstract»

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  • Versatile march test generator for hands-on memory testing laboratory

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):41 - 42
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    Generally, in the studies of microelectronics engineer the approach of IC testing remains very theoretical. Only few concrete practices are commonly done and generally laboratory experiences are limited to the use of CAD tools. For this purpose, in our teaching department, we develop an experiment allowing a concrete learning of IC testing dedicated to the test of commercial memory chips. Through ... View full abstract»

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  • An undergraduate embedded systems project

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):43 - 46
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    Courses in embedded systems can approach the subject from a variety of perspectives, ranging from emphasis on hardware, emphasis on software, or emphasis on system design. This paper describes a course in embedded systems that requires students to develop software to control a system that is physically available in the laboratory. The hardware models a rapid transit system that is controlled using... View full abstract»

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  • FPAA chips and tools as the center of an design-based analog systems education

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):47 - 51
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    The ever expanding research and commercialization ac tivity around Large-Scale Field Programmable Analog Arrays (FPAA) asks the question whether we can broadly use these technologies in an educational environment. In fact, the research advances have been developed side by side with educational development, similar to what we saw for the early stages of digital VLSI design. Previously, we demonstra... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching three-dimensional system-in-package design automation in a semester course

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):52 - 55
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    In recent years, three-dimensional (3D) system-in-package (SiP) has been widely recognized as a cost-effective alternative to system-on-chip (SoC). However, successful adoption of 3D SiP requires modifications to existing electronic design automation (EDA) tools to enable 3D SiP designs. Our previous courses focus on SoC design flow. Therefore, in our department, we develop a new course to offer s... View full abstract»

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  • Creating a mixed-signal test and product engineering course

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):56 - 59
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    The paper presents a new mixed-signal test engineering course geared for undergraduate seniors and master's-level graduate students. The course provides a capstone experience for our electrical and computer engineering students, integrating many undergraduate topics while providing industrial hands-on experiences. The students were enthusiastic about the real-world experiences with an industrial g... View full abstract»

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  • Learning nanotechnology through crossbar-based architecture and Carbon Nanotube(CNT) FETs

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):60 - 63
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    As nanotechnology is emerging, (1) there is a strong need for well-educated nanoscale systems engineers by industry, and (2) research and education efforts are also called to overcome numerous nanoscale systems issues. This paper is to identify necessary teaching elements for nanotechnology and to propose a way to teach nanotechnology by introducing emerging technologies: Crossbar-based Nano-Archi... View full abstract»

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  • Novel knowledge module on fusion of logic and memory to undergraduate students

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):64 - 67
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    This work is an effort to introduce short knowledge modules targeting new application or emerging devices in conventional “core” courses. In this knowledge module, we report introduction of two emerging devices, Memristor and Magnetic Cellular Automata. Both the devices also have potential to work as memory and logic simultaneously. Based on the worksheet performance, we observed tha... View full abstract»

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