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Innovative Teaching of IC Design and Manufacture Using the Superchip Platform

Innovative Teaching of IC Design and Manufacture Using the Superchip Platform
Innovative Teaching of IC Design and Manufacture Using the Superchip Platform
In this paper we describe how an intelligent chip architecture has allowed a large cohort of undergraduate students to be given effective practical insight into IC design by designing and manufacturing their own ICs. To achieve this, an efficient chip architecture, the “Superchip”, has been developed, which allows multiple student designs to be fabricated on a single IC, and encapsulated in a standard package without excessive cost in terms of time or resources. 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. Furthermore, the students are introduced at an early stage to the key concepts of team working, exposure to real deadlines and collaborative report writing. This paper provides details of the teaching rationale, design exercise overview, design process, chip architecture and test regime.
297-305
Wilson, Peter
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Wilcock, Reuben
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Wilson, Peter, Wilcock, Reuben, Swabey, Matthew and McNally, Iain (2010) Innovative Teaching of IC Design and Manufacture Using the Superchip Platform. IEEE Transactions on Education, 53 (2), 297-305.

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In this paper we describe how an intelligent chip architecture has allowed a large cohort of undergraduate students to be given effective practical insight into IC design by designing and manufacturing their own ICs. To achieve this, an efficient chip architecture, the “Superchip”, has been developed, which allows multiple student designs to be fabricated on a single IC, and encapsulated in a standard package without excessive cost in terms of time or resources. 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. Furthermore, the students are introduced at an early stage to the key concepts of team working, exposure to real deadlines and collaborative report writing. This paper provides details of the teaching rationale, design exercise overview, design process, chip architecture and test regime.

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Published date: 2010
Organisations: EEE

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/272437
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Date deposited: 10 Jun 2011 21:33
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 22:09

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