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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  • Pros and cons of public domain VLSIC design suites

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):3 - 4
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    Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools play an essential role in modern microelectronics. A comparison between two of the available CAD tool suites, OCTTOOLS and OASIS, is presented along with detailed description of their features and advantages. These tools utilize full-custom or the standard cells semi-custom approaches. This paper is intended to facilitate proper choice of the tools for best VLSIC ... 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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  • Tools for documenting digital designs on the Web

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):7 - 8
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    Modern embedded system designs include elements described using schematics, hardware description languages, timing diagrams, and various programming languages. We have developed a set of Java applets that facilitate the documentation of designs for dissemination over the Web. These tools enable the specification of multiple layers of active regions on diagrams and on text so that different mouse-o... 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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  • Experience extending VLSI design with mathematical logic

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):11 - 12
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    The growing demands for assurance of properties like correctness, safety, and security have led to the development of design methods using mathematical logic. These methods have broad application to hardware, software, and system design. Design based on mathematical logic offers the capability to relate structural descriptions with behavioral descriptions and properties. The challenge is to move t... 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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  • Cache memory design for embedded systems based on program locality analysis

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):16 - 18
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    Cache memory design in embedded systems can take advantage from the analysis of the software that runs on that system, which usually remains the same for its whole life. Programs can be characterized, in respect of the memory hierarchy, using locality analysis. We propose an environment which permits one to analyze the locality of a program and the effects on the target system performance. The stu... 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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  • An electronics manufacturing minor in engineering with emphasis on rapid prototyping

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):21 - 22
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    This paper describes an Electronics Manufacturing curriculum development project at Penn State. This pilot project is intended to enhance the design and practical experiences of undergraduate engineering students by combining the resources of the Electrical Engineering Department, the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department, and the Center for Electronic Design, Communications, and Com... View full abstract»

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  • Network-based simulation laboratories for microelectronics systems design and education

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):23 - 24
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    This paper reports on a prototype, network-based virtual laboratory that allows geographically distributed users to share and run existing tools via standard web browsers ("http://www.ecn.purdue.edu/labs/punch"). The software infrastructure for the virtual laboratory is described, and ongoing applications of this infrastructure to microelectronics systems design and education are discussed. 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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  • Integrating mixed signal IC design research into a project-based undergraduate microelectronics curriculum

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):28 - 29
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    This paper describes the integration of project based education and the design of mixed signal integrated circuits and systems at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The flexibility of WPI's Projects Program allows a variety of undergraduate educational opportunities, including industry sponsored projects (both on campus and overseas) as well as interdisciplinary work involving collaboration wi... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A systems design course emphasizing interfaces

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):36 - 38
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    This paper describes an experimental course where students develop a (small) system focusing on the interfaces between different components of the system. The components are developed independently of each other using web based documentation and focusing on techniques for modeling and analysis of interfaces. These techniques are supported by prototype tools. 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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  • Diverse-projects design-experiences in analog/digital microelectronic systems

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):43 - 44
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    The basic challenge of supervising diverse microelectronics prototype projects is to make do with limited facilities in a vastly changing world of electronic systems requirements. This paper presents the experience of supervising and managing diverse projects in the advanced VLSIC analog/digital systems design graduate course at the Microelectronics System Design Lab (MSDL), Oakland University. An... View full abstract»

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  • Microelectronic systems education at an urban non-residential campus

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):45 - 46
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    A modern microelectronic systems undergraduate program which incorporates electronic design automation software throughout the curriculum faces many challenges at an urban non-residential campus. This paper describes both the challenges facing small non-residential departments offering microelectronic systems education and the approach used at the University of Colorado at Denver to begin to overc... View full abstract»

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  • Interacting with physical devices over the web

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):47 - 48
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    The educational experience of students in a Computer Engineering capstone design course can be greatly enhanced by providing a framework that enables students to design devices that are accessible over the web. The framework consists of inexpensive hardware and software that permits the connection of arbitrary devices to a web page. Remote users can then interact with the physical device through a... View full abstract»

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  • A World Wide Web education center for analog microsystem design education

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):49 - 50
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    A World Wide Web-based education center for analog microsystem design education is described. This education center combines written tutorials, simulation and web-based measurement experiments into a single web site that can be accessed by the general engineering community. The web-controlled measurement suite is described in detail. Contact the author for information on how to access the educatio... 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 alternative to t... View full abstract»

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  • An industrial-strength design flow in just fifteen easy weeks!

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):53 - 54
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    Educators continue to face pressure from students and industry to employ the newest technology in the classroom. With regard to VLSI design and the role of CAD tools, a balance must be struck between fundamentals and training to a particular software package. This paper describes a semester project, suitable for an undergraduate VLSI course, which emphasized the design process, rather than individ... 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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