Cadence®Tools are an intrinsic part of the ECE curriculum. 

To get an idea of the comprehensive nature of these tools,  see how  we apply each particular Cadence tool in the courses below.  The following entries provide a brief course description and then each contains a sub-bullet that describes how the particular Cadence tools are being used in that course.

  

  • ECE 130 Introduction to Logic Design 
    Combinational logic analysis and design and sequential circuit analysis and design. Design projects using HDL simulator and implementation in FPGA.
    • NC-Verilog from the Digital Verification tools is used as the HDL simulator in an FPGA design flow
  • ECE 250 Electronic Device Modeling 
    Modeling, analysis, and simulation of electronic circuits that contain two-terminal and three-terminal semiconductor devices. Integral laboratory.
    • OrCAD schematic capture and PSpice simulation tools from the SPB Suite are used for circuit simulation and analysis for both homework and in conjunction with the labs.
  • ECE 333 Digital Systems
    Design, evaluation and system integration with multiple programmable logic components (FPGA, GAL, discrete components). CAD tools for design entry, timing simulation, and mapping to target devices.
    • NC-Verilog from the Digital Verification tools is used as the HDL simulator
  • ECE 351 Analog Electronics
    Transistor amplifier design and analysis including discrete and integrated circuit topologies.
    • OrCAD schematic capture and PSpice simulation tools from the SPB Suite are used for circuit simulation and analysis for both homework and in conjunction with the labs.
  • ECE552 Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design
    Design, performance analysis, and physical layout of analog integrated circuits. Integral laboratory and design project.
    • Students use the Custom IC Design Suite with the Spectre simulator for the laboratory and project components of the course related to analog circuits. Spectre-RF is used for simulation of switch capacitor circuits.
  • ECE553 Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuit Design
    Design, analysis, and physical layout of high-frequency analog integrated-circuits for modern RF transceivers. Integral laboratory and design project.
    • Students use the Custom IC Design Bundle with the Spectre and SpectreRF simulators in the laboratory and project components of the course
  • ECE554 Instrumentation
    Transducers and their applications. Instrumentation amplifiers. A/D and D/A converters. Project involving the design of a significant instrument will run throughout the course. No laboratory, but emphasis on computer simulation of the circuits studied.
    • Students use OrCAD schematic capture and PSpice simulation tools from the SPB Suite for circuit simulation and analysis.

We also use the Cadence®Tools for research.

Thanks to a Tellabs Foundation Grant, we are able to empower our research with the software in the following areas. 

 The SPB Suite is being used to design PCBs for use in a continuous-time signals and systems course
  • Design of ICs for Instructional Labs
    • The Custom IC Design Bundle, Digital IC Design, and Verification packages are being used to design ICs that will complement the laboratory exercises for ECE551, ECE552, and ECE553.
  • Design of ICs to model Biological Muscle Actuation
    • Dr. Tina Hudson is using the Custom IC Design Bundle to design analog ICs that model the contractile function of skeletal muscle tissue.
  • Design of ICs to model neural activity
    • Dr. Mario Simoni is using the Custom IC Design Bundle and the SPB Suite to design biological realistic circuit models of the electrical activity of neurons.

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