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This page contains information about the use of Cadence
design tools in classes and research programs in the Electrical and Computer
Engineering Department at Tufts University. Learn more about
University Software Programs.
- EE103: Introduction to VLSI Design
The course provides an introduction to CMOS VLSI design and use of CAD
tools. Students will learn a complete custom VLSI design flow. It consists of
set of cadence laboratory exercises and a final project of modest complexity.
Students have implemented projects like ALU, Multipliers, USB Controller and
Encoders/Decoders in the class of 2009.
- EE147: Analog and Mixed Signal MOS Integrated Circuit Design
The course consists of four parts. The first part introduces the
practical aspects of analog and mixed signal MOS IC design method and design
considerations, examples of applications. The second part covers the details of
the components models, layout and matching, basic circuit building blocks of
current sources, gain stages, two stage opamp, advanced current source, opamp
circuit, opamp designs, feedback, noise model and analysis. The third part
covers the details of switched capacitor (SC) circuits from Z-transform, sample
hold circuit, SC filters, SC gain circuit, noise and nonlinear effects in SC
circuits. The last part introduces the fundamentals of data converters. Cadence
laboratory exercises are integral part of the course.
- EE148: Silicon Radio Frequency IC Design I
The course deals with bipolar, CMOS and BiCMOS
implementations of radio frequency circuits. There are associated laboratories
where Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tool from Cadence will be used for
circuit simulations. Students will learn from this course how to design low
noise amplifiers, mixers, and other RF circuits widely used in RF industry.
- EE194-DOC: Devices and Circuits for Optical Communications
The course deals with the study of the technology, devices and circuits
for optical communication system design. The focus of the course is on
integrated circuit implementation. Cadence laboratory exercises and final
projects will be used to design various building blocks for such systems.
Nanoscale Circuits and Integrated Circuits Lab
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sameer Sonkusale
The goal of the Nanolab is to pursue research and education in the area
of integrated circuits and systems for sensing, processing, and communication of
information with emphasis on implementation in submicron and nanoscale CMOS technology. Some projects include Data Converter Design, Sensors and
Instrumentation, and Analog Low Power VLSI design.
Advanced Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab
Principal Investigator: Dr. Valencia Joyner
The Advanced Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab under Prof. Joyner
conducts research in the general area of high performance integrated circuits,
with a particular focus on analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits that
interface with photonic elements for imaging, sensing, and wireless
communications. The research work is interdisciplinary with collaborators in the
physical and biological sciences.
The following tools from Cadence are frequently used at Tufts
University. These tools are part of the Custom Integrated Circuit Design suite.
To name a few, we use the Virtuoso Schematic Editor, Virtuoso Layout Suite,
Virtuoso Analog Design Environment, Virtuoso Spectre Circuit Simulator, and
Virtuoso Multi-mode Simulator.
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This webpage was last updated on August 17, 2017 by
Dr. Sameer Sonkusale.