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Microelectronic Systems Education, 2001. Proceedings. 2001 International Conference on

Date 17-18 June 2001

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  • MOSIS: IC prototyping and low volume production service

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 4 - 5
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    MOSIS is a low-cost prototyping and small volume production service for VLSI circuit development with a worldwide customer base. Since 1981, the service has fabricated more than 42,000 integrated circuit designs for use by commercial firms, government agencies and universities, a number unmatched by any other service and has served as the model for prototyping services throughout the world. The current status of the MOSIS Service, its technology offerings and the MOSIS VLSI Educational Program will be discussed. View full abstract»

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  • An interactive video course in multidisciplinary and collaborative design for systems on a chip

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 87 - 88
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    In 2002 it is estimated that circuits will have a complexity of 150 million transistors and require as many as 1,000 design engineers. As a result, technology is mandating the need both for collaborative design and for multidisciplinary design skills. We describe here a video course taught in Fall 2000 and focusing on developing both multidisciplinary design and collaborative skills. View full abstract»

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  • A hardware/software codesign senior capstone design project in computer engineering

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 58 - 59
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    This paper describes a senior capstone design project in computer engineering that incorporates the concept of hardware/ software codesign. Details of the project, required infrastructure and tools, and results of the first implementation of this project are described. View full abstract»

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  • Anatomy of a radio frequency integrated circuit design course

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 54 - 55
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    The field of radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) design is currently enjoying a renaissance, driven by the explosive growth in wireless applications. Because of this sudden and unexpected growth, there has been a frenzied scramble to train RF engineers to meet the high demand. A major challenge in this task is that RF design is multidisciplinary in nature, requiring knowledge of communications and signal propagation theory, transceiver architectures, and circuit design. This paper describes an intensive first-year graduate course designed specifically to produce competent RFIC designers in one year. View full abstract»

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  • Practices for recruiting and retaining graduate women students in computer science and engineering

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 106 - 107
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    Producing a continuous supply of well-trained, high-quality IT professionals poses the greatest challenge of U.S. competitiveness over the next decade. A largely untapped talent pool is among women who currently participate in computer science and engineering education at low rates, and subsequently, in academia and in industry. This paper summarizes current practices by Computer Science and Engineering departments aimed at recruiting and retaining graduate women students. It also outlines the need for research to study the effectiveness of these practices. View full abstract»

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  • MOSFET model with a small set of parameters for electronic engineering education

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 10 - 11
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    Adequate and understandable MOSFET models are presently a must for the design of integrated circuits. Most of the existing MOSFET models, however, are too complex and/or do not comply with basic principles of physics. We propose here the use of ACM model, a very simple transistor model, together with a set of easily implemented experiments to determine the ACM parameters for the training of students for integrated circuit design. The use of the ACM model by our students has allowed them to easily correlate the model parameters and the electrical characteristics of MOSFETs. View full abstract»

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  • Integrated circuits design teaching using professional CAD environments

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 77 - 78
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    A great demand for qualified integrated circuit (IC) designers has been observed around the world due to the increasing market of semiconductors, wireless communication and Internet. As a result, engineering schools are obligated to ensure the education of a greater number of new designers. To aid this goal, professional computer-aided design (CAD) for microelectronics is preferred rather than using academic CAD tools developed at universities. However, these tools are somewhat complex to learn and not suitable to IC designer training. In this work the Mentor Graphics environment has been adapted to IC design teaching. View full abstract»

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  • An image sensor as an undergraduate VLSI project chip

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 38 - 39
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    We have used an image sensor as a multi-year project chip for undergraduates. With this project, students experience VLSI through an entire design cycle from start to finish. Students are involved in the design, simulation, testing i.e. all aspects of the project. The curriculum at Alfred is such that Juniors and Seniors can both take courses in VLSI emphasizing such topics as systems level design, analog design as well as other advanced topics. Students who take VLSI courses in their junior year are then allowed to work on the project chip during their senior year. Sensors constructed are based on the silicon retina, using transistors in subthreshold to produce signal compression at the pixel level. View full abstract»

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  • Educational Java applets for visualizing MOS memory

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 67 - 68
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    A set of Java applet programs has been developed for memory simulation. These applets include the memory architecture and all the key elements, such as 4-T and 6-T memory cell, row decoder, column decoder and sense amplifier and many other lower-level devices. Each of the applets includes three execution modes: demonstration, simulation and gateway modes, to assist the user in their easy learning of the main concepts of the applets. These semiconductor memory applets are appropriate entry-level Junior class and are served on the world wide web. Educational Java applets are intended to give the user an active learning environment by providing opportunity to simulate almost all possible subjects that users are interested in. View full abstract»

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  • FPGA integrated co-design

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 30 - 31
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    The main problem in hardware/software co-design is how to design an embedded system that contains both hardware in the form of FPGAs or ASICs and a microprocessor for which software must be written. A critical decision that has a profound effect on overall system cost is how to partition the system into its hardware and software components. A mistake made in this decision, which must be corrected by reworking the entire design, can add significant delay and cost to the design process. The longer the irrevocable decision of how to partition the hardware and software can be delayed, the better is the chance to keep overall system cost to a minimum. This paper describes an approach that has been tested in a graduate course on FPGA design that will allow the hardware/software partition decision to be delayed to the very end of the design process. View full abstract»

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  • Efficient production of computer-based training in chip design

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 12 - 13
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    Chip and system design can be made more efficient and attractive by using multimedia training techniques. In our case, these techniques are employed as a supplement of classical teaching. We point out the need for the development of own computer based training material (CBT). To reduce the high expenses of multimedia productions, we propose a universal reference model as a framework for CBTs in many technical areas. We demonstrate the applicability of the reference model to a CBT system "VeriBox", which introduces the hardware description language VERILOG and the associated logic synthesis. View full abstract»

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  • Experiences in developing a research-focused project course: IP-core based IC design enabled by 3D wafer bonding

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 89 - 90
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    Three-dimensional (3D) integrations offer the potential of reducing fabrication and performance limitations of future generations of planar ICs. Our approach using dielectrics as the bonding glue layer provides a monolithic 3D integration process, which is fully compatible with back-end-of-the-line processing. This 3D technology enables heterogeneous systems, such as future electronic and photonic systems using a mix-and-match hard IP core design approach. We offer a new course on core-based IC design and technology, with both 2D and 3D implementations. View full abstract»

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  • A tutorial tool for switch logic

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 28 - 29
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    This paper presents a tutorial tool for switch logic. The tool has a set of features that allow a student to understand Boolean logic functions as well as its implementations with CMOS transistors viewed as switches. The user is able to specify Boolean functions and obtain minimal implementation by using either pass transistor logic or static CMOS complex gate implementation. Besides, the tool works with the concept of NPN and P equivalencies, developing the idea of which cells should be used to compose a cell library. View full abstract»

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  • Principles vs. practices in undergraduate microelectronic systems education

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 22 - 23
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    The ideal new hire should be strong in fundamental principles and contemporary engineering practices. With the complexity of CAD tools increasing rapidly care should be taken to not over-emphasize practices. Basic principles must not be sacrificed for the teaching of engineering practices, especially in introductory level courses where the principles are prerequisite to many courses in the curriculum. View full abstract»

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  • Micro-system process for education: morphological and electrical characterization

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 79 - 80
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    An advanced practical work in characterization of microsystems for education is presented. It concerns the measurements of morphological and electro-mechanical properties of a pressure sensor consisting of piezoelectric poly-Si gauges on a membrane. A variety of techniques is used during the fabrication in a clean room, to control the process and characterize the materials (SiO2, poly-Si). After complete processing, the sensitivity of the pressure sensor is determined. The influence of the doping, annealing and thickness of the poly-Si gauge is derived. This initiation is developed for the terminal year students of the Grenoble National Engineering School of Electronics (ENSERG) and the Grenoble National Engineering School in Physics (ENSPG). View full abstract»

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  • An industrial impact on the microelectronics education at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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    The state of microelectronics education and changes within Central and Eastern European (CEE) transformation countries are analyzed. International collaboration and particularly university-industry cooperation enhanced by modern information technology is given as an example which helps to increase awareness and interest of the younger generation in microelectronics education. The benefits of the foundation of an industry-based center for microelectronics studies in the premises of the Slovak University of Technology (STU) in Bratislava on microelectronics education are presented. View full abstract»

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  • SoC design skills: collaboration builds a stronger SoC design team

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 42 - 43
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    The success of new system-on-a-chip (SoC) initiatives depends on the availability of well-trained SoC designers who are able to bridge the gap between software centric system specification and hardware-software implementation in novel architectures. The Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse is working with its member Universities to facilitate the education of such designers-those capable of bridging all the key competence areas required to bring about this integration. We are cooperating in the creation of an MS Certificate program in SoC Design that will be collaboratively developed and jointly coordinated. This paper briefly describes our educational initiative, and the resulting collaboratively defined SoC Skill set. View full abstract»

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  • Digital hardware organization course for SoC program

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 26 - 27
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    In this paper we describe our approach towards the second level digital techniques course suited for System-on-Chip (SoC) oriented curriculum. Due to enhanced utilization of synthesis techniques and higher level block-oriented design, new requirements for digital hardware design are set up. Our working hypothesis is that the course focus needs to be in a systematic working set based on general transformation and refinements are more important than a presentation of detailed and specific target solutions. Thus the student should master the methodology and understand the underlying principles, which will enable him or her, to utilize more effectively the advanced VHDL synthesis techniques, which are covered in the follow-up course. View full abstract»

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  • Scaling rules allow the reuse of MOS analog design

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 8 - 9
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    This paper presents a reuse procedure of analog circuits which is based on a scalable model of the MOSFET. A set of very simple expressions allows the calculation of the transistor dimensions and bias of a given circuit in a new generation technology, based on a previous design of the same circuit in an earlier technology. View full abstract»

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  • Web-based training for microsystem technologies and design

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 69 - 70
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    The application of microtechnologies for microelectronical/micromechanical systems (MEMS or microsystems) requires continuous training-on-the-job for the staff involved in this task, as innovation cycles in this field are fairly short and fabrication processes, involved materials and resources are under steady development. Conventional classroom courses are too expensive and time consuming to be useful in this context, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with tight time and budget constraints. Funded by the European Commission the TRANSTEC project (MM1026) provides a novel concept of Internet-based multimedia training courses for microtechnologies and design. TRANSTEC courses use the pedagogic concept of "Learning by Engineering": i.e., except pure multimedia teaching units (including text, pictures, video and animations) access to professional design software across the Internet is provided. View full abstract»

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  • Micro-system process for education: fabrication of a pressure sensor

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 91 - 92
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    Micro-systems technology is a fast developing field that takes advantage of the well established Si microelectronics technology. In this paper we present the concepts and process flow of the technological elaboration of a pressure sensor. This approach places the emphasis on the key technologies of micro-systems and includes the use of double face photolithography as well as bulk micro-machining. It also benefits standard clean room equipment. View full abstract»

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  • Analog and mixed signal IC design via distance learning: the CAD and laboratory dilemma

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 83 - 84
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    Distance learning has been shown to be a useful addition to the educational opportunities universities can offer their students. In the area of mixed signal design, a number of issues relating to laboratories and CAD conspire to make the distance learning experience different than its in-class counterpart. This paper will look at these issues and solutions to the challenges they present. View full abstract»

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  • Concept of a joint university/industry course for mixed-signal system-on-chip design

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 2 - 3
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    This paper describes the structure and potential of an Internet-based mixed-signal design course, which is initiated between industry (Infineon Technologies, Munich) and Darmstadt University of Technology. The challenges for developing and integrating mixed-signal systems-on-chip (SoCs) in modern application areas, e.g. mobile telecommunication devices, are sketched, which results in new interdisciplinary education demands. The goal of this global accessible course is to provide a step for integrating the analog and digital design education worlds considering the actual application criteria from industry and to improve the soft skills of the participants. View full abstract»

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  • Exploring the hardware/software continuum in a computer engineering capstone design class using FPGA-based programmable logic

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 36 - 37
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    The focus of the computer engineering capstone design classes at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, UAH, has been the application of modern design methodology to the development of electronic systems that have both digital hardware and software components. In these classes, it is stressed that efficient digital system design involves the careful consideration of the many possible hardware/software design trade-offs - areas which we feel are the cornerstone of the Computer Engineering discipline. This paper describes the manner in which FPGA-based rapid prototyping techniques have been applied to allow students to empirically explore sets of design alternatives that span the entire hardware/software continuum. View full abstract»

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  • Platform and methodology for teaching design of hardware modules in Internet routers and firewalls

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 56 - 57
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    An instructional platform has been developed that allows rapid prototype of network packet processing functions in hardware. This platform, called the Field Programmable Port Extender (FPX), enables engineering students to rapidly prototype and implement components for use in an Internet router or firewall. Customized circuits allow networking equipment to increase the throughput and enhance functionality of packet processing operations. On the FPX, custom circuits are implemented as hardware modules. An infrastructure circuit on the FPX interconnects multiple modules and provides a common interface to shared resources. All logic on the FPX is implemented with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). A teaching methodology has been developed which minimizes the learning curve for hardware engineering students that want to develop network modules but are relatively unfamiliar with Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and/or the Internet Protocol (IP) suite. Library functions have been developed to implement low-level details of the networking protocols. The use of these libraries and the infrastructure logic on the FPX allows the students to focus their effort on the design of their own module and to leverage the work of others. View full abstract»

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