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Cadence Software

What is the role of Cadence software in ECEn computing?

Cadence design tools play an important role in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Brigham Young University.

Undergraduate Courses

ECEn 445 -- Introduction to Mixed Signal VLSI
Students use Cadence tools to design and simulate a bandgap reference
ECEn 551 -- Introduction to Digital VLSI Circuits
Layout, synthesis, timing, P&R, and validation.

Research Groups

Micropower Circuits Laboratory
The Micropower Circuits Laboratory (MCL) investigates ultra-low-power designs for RF/analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits. Emphasizing both rigorous analysis and intuitive understanding of circuits, MCL’s research seeks innovative designs to set new low-power records. Our research projects include ultra-low-power analog front-end circuits, energy-efficient data converters, and novel signal-acquisition and conditioning circuits for biomedical devices and communication systems. Cadence design tools are heavily used in the design and simulation of the integrated circuits.

Microengineering Research Group
Cadence software is used to lay out photomask designs used to created integrated optics structures as well as MEMS and NEMS structures.

General Notes about Cadence tools in the ECEn Dept.

  • These classes and research groups are only a sample of how the BYU ECEn department uses Cadence tools.
  • Capstone design projects for Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate students may also use Cadence tools for their design and simulation work.
  • Many of these class and research web pages provide information and tutorials about how to effectively use Cadence software.

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