Cadence Use at Boston University 2014/2015


  • Boston University is proud to be a Cadence University Program Member. Cadence products are heavily used by students and faculty. In several main classes, students learn to use Cadence products, gaining the experience that future employers in the industry are looking for.

Cadence products are used extensively in several classes:

ENG EC 311 Introduction to Logic Design

  • Prereq or coreq: ENG EK 307. Introduction to hardware building blocks used in digital computers. Boolean algebra, combinatorial and sequential circuits: analysis and design. Adders, multipliers, decoders, encoders, multiplexors. Programmable logic devices: read-only memory, programmable arrays. Counters and registers. Includes lab. 4 cr, either sem.

ENG EC 312 Computer Organization

  • Prereq: ENG EC 311. Introduction to structures and techniques used in digital system design. Design with available SSI, MSI, LSI and programmable logic circuits and memories. Application to microprocessors, I/O structures, and interface design. Includes lab. 4 cr, either sem.

ENG EC 463/4 Senior Design Projects

  • Development of the technical, communication, personal, and team skills needed for successful design in electrical and computer engineering. Specifications and standards, information collection, design strategies, modeling, computer-aided design, optimization, system design, failure and reliability, human factors. Oral and written communication of technical information. Team dynamics and ethical issues in design. Design project for a small-scale electrical or computer system. Preparation of detailed proposals for senior design projects in the following semester. Includes lab. 4 cr.

ENG EC 571 VLSI Principles and Applications

  • Prereq: ENG EC 311 and EC 410. Very large-scale integrated circuit design. Review of MOSFET basics. Functional module design, including BiCMOS, combinational logic, programmable logic arrays, finite-state machines, ROM, and RAM. Fabrication techniques, layout strategies, scalable design rules, design-rule checking, guidelines for testing and testability. Analysis of factors affecting speed of charge transfer, power requirements, and control and minimization of parasitic effects. Survey of VLSI applications. Extensive CAD laboratory accompanies course. 4 cr.

ENG EC580 Modern Active Circuit Design

  • Prereq: ENG EC 412 and ENG EC 571 or consent of instructor. This course will teach the fundamentals of CMOS and BICMOS analog circuit design techniques used in today’s advanced mixed-signal integrated-circuit applications. Topics to be covered include device/process background, IC passives, analog amplifiers, current mirrors, op-amp design, noise in ICs, RF design techniques, switched capacitor circuits, A/D and D/A converters, and mixed-signal circuitry typical of modern telecommunications technology. The course will include a laboratory component involving hands-on measurements with high frequency instruments in the RF Lab in PHO418 as well as the design, layout, and simulation of RF/analog integrated circuits using Cadence SpectreRF CAD tools in the VLSI Lab in PHO305. 4 cr.

ENG EC 582 - RF/Analog IC Design Fundamentals

  • Fundamentals related to CMOS and SiGe BICMOS analog circuits for RF applications. Topics include low noise amplifiers, oscillators, mixers, demodulators, phase-locked loop, switched capacitor circuits, A/D and D/A converters, low power design, RF design techniques, and mixed-signal circuitry typical of modern telecommunications technology. VLSI laboratory exercises involving the design, layout, and simulation of RF/analog integrated circuits using Cadence SpectreRF CAD software tools. Real-world examples in advanced mixed-signal integrated circuit applications, such as a single chip radio. 4 cr.

ENG EC700 Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Topics vary by semester

ENG EC 772 VLSI Graduate Design Project

  • Prereq: consent of instructor. ENG EC 571. Students working in a group of one to four people design and simulate a microchip, and create a fabrication file. Students submit the design for fabrication. When the chip is returned, students test and if necessary redesign the circuitry. A project write-up is required. Students must take an I-grade until testing of the chip is completed. 4 cr.

ENG EC 782 - RF/Analog IC Design - Advanced Applications

  • Selected topics in advanced RF/Analog integrated circuit design based on high frequency BiCMOS technology. Topics to be covered include oversampling (Sigma Delta) A/D converters, RF phase-locked loops, low voltage RF frequency synthesizers, printed circuit board design for RF applications, antennas and signal propagation, PCB filters, and other mixed-signal topics. The course will utilize selected readings from the technical literature, as well as a number of RF measurement and RF design lab assignments. 4 cr.

Research Projects

  • Wave-pipelined Equalized Interconnect - The goal of this project is to design energy-efficient on-chip interconnect circuits using feed forward and decision feedback equalization.
  • Memristor Memory Arrays - The goal of this project is to design low-power, high-density and non-volatile memory arrays using memristors.
  • Neuromorphic Hardware for Autonomous Navigation in Mobile Robots - The goal of this project is to develop and translate adaptive neural models into custom neuromorphic hardware for autonomous learning in sensory, motivational, planning, and reinforcement circuits in mobile robots.
  • Chip Design projects: MINS IC chip , MIROC 7WL chip
  • The GaAs FLAMES: wireless neurostimulators that are activated optically and used for studying and treating neurological disorders

  • Novel technique probes critical DNA-Protein interactions.
  • Multi-Electrode Array (MEA) for In-vitro neurorecording that uses a standard process solder bump
  • LCI (Loss Cone Imager) project
  • Substrate Noise Suppression in Mixed-Signal Technology
  • EC900 & EC910

  • Graduate Research
    • Various graduate and undergraduate for-credit project courses.

Faculty: Hubbard, Knepper, Joshi

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