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The Superchip: Innovative Teaching of IC Design and Manufacture

Wilson, Peter, Wilcock, Reuben, McNally, Iain, Swabey, Matthew and Al-Hashimi, Bashir (2008) The Superchip: Innovative Teaching of IC Design and Manufacture At Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, United States.

Record type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


In this paper we describe how through intelligent chip architecture, a large cohort (~100 students) of undergraduates can be given effective practical insight into IC design by designing and manufacturing their own individual ICs. To achieve this, the “Superchip” has been developed, which allows (without excessive cost in terms of time or resources) multiple student designs to be fabricated on a single IC, and encapsulated in a standard package. We demonstrate how the practical process has been tightly coupled with theoretical aspects of the degree course and how transferable skills are incorporated into the design exercise. The paper provides details of the chip architecture, test regime, test vectors, and an example design.

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e-pub ahead of print date: September 2008
Additional Information: Event Dates: September 2008
Venue - Dates: Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, United States, 2008-09-01
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems, EEE


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PURE UUID: d0729687-5e3d-4ab0-a448-d2b2038bd008

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Date deposited: 18 Jun 2008 23:29
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:21

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Author: Peter Wilson
Author: Reuben Wilcock
Author: Iain McNally
Author: Matthew Swabey

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