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Welcome to the Cadence users resource page at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This page contains information about the Cadence design tools extensively used in classes and research programs in the electrical engineering department at RIT. Students obtain practical experience in advanced electronics design using state-of-the-art CAD tools, computing and laboratory facilities, and access to the MOSIS foundry for prototyping of integrated circuits.

Undergraduate Courses:

EEEE-105 Freshman Practicum
Introduction to the practice of electrical engineering including understanding laboratory practice, identifying electronic components, operating electronic instruments and building an electronic circuit. Students will create schematic entry, modeling and simulation of an electronic circuit using Cadence SPB tools for Design Entry CIS and PSpice circuit analysis.

EEEE-281/282 Circuits 1/Circuits II
These courses cover DC/AC circuit analysis
including induction and capacitance, and the introduction of op-amps.  The analysis of mutual induction as applied to
coupled-coils is studied and transformers are introduced.  Two-port network theory is developed and
applied to circuits and interconnections.
The laboratory component includes
circuit design and simulation using Cadence SPB tools for Design Entry CIS and PSpice circuit analysis.

EEEE-381/482 Electronics 1/Electronics II
The analog portion of these courses cover MOSFETs, electronic
analysis/design of multistage transistor amplifiers, frequency response of amplifier,
diodes and rectifies, ideal op-amp design and BJTs.  The digital portion covers essential concepts
and application of digital electronic circuits implemented in NMOS and CMOS
technologies.  The laboratory component includes
circuit design and simulation
using Cadence SPB tools for Design Entry CIS and PSpice circuit analysis.

EEEE-485 Robotic Systems
This course will cover basic electrical and mechanical engineering topics related to Robotics, including but not limited to: basic
electrical and electronics components (resistors, capacitors, inductors,
diodes, transistors, op-amps, timers) and concepts (sensors, signal
conditioning, oscillators)
. Students will design electronic
interfaces and controllers for mechanical devices using
Cadence SPB tools for Design Entry CIS and
PSpice circuit analysis.

EEEE-510/610 Analog Electronic Design
These courses enhance the
student’s skills in designing analog circuits and learning the use of Cadence
Design Systems products. Subjects covered include non-ideal characteristics of
op-amps, op-amp applications, A/D and D/A conversion, multipliers and
modulators, phase-locked loop, frequency synthesis and audio power amplifiers.

EEEE-530 Biomedical Instrumentation
Study of fundamental principles of electronic
instrumentation and design consideration associated with biomedical
measurements and monitoring.
experiments involving instrumentation circuit design and test will be conducted
Cadence SPB tools for
Design Entry CIS and PSpice circuit analysis.

EEEE-585 Principles of Robotics
An introduction to a wide range of robotics-related
topics, including but not limited to sensors, interface design, robot devices
applications, mobile robots, intelligent navigation, task planning, coordinate
systems and positioning image processing, digital signal processing
applications on robots, and controller circuitry design.
Students will
prepare a project, in which they will complete software or hardware design of
an industrial or mobile robot. There will be a two-hour lab additional to the
lectures in which
Cadence SPB tools for
Design Entry CIS and PSpice circuit analysis is used.

EEEE-620 Design of Digital Systems
This course exposes students to a complete, top-down custom design of a CMOS digital system. In the lab students learn how to capture a design using both schematic and hardware description languages (VHDL), how to synthesize a design, and how to custom layout a design, including testing, debugging and verification strategies. The projects are designed and simulated using a state-of-the-art commercial CAD environment provided by Cadence Design System’s Virtuoso tools.

Graduate Courses:

EEEE-726 Mixed Signal IC Design
This course covers basic analog functional blocks and mixed signal blocks, in CMOS technology. Topics include: device models, current sources and active loads, precision reference, operational amplifiers, comparators, sample and hold circuits and data converters design. Course involves circuit design and layout projects using Cadence Virtuoso SPECTRE.

EEEE-730 Advanced Analog IC Design
An advanced course in analog integrated circuit design. Students will study bipolar and MOS realization of operational amplifiers, analog multipliers, A to D and D to A converters, switched capacitor filters and more. The students will participate in design projects using Cadence software including circuit design, layout and SPICE simulation.

EEEE-784 Advanced Robotics
This course explores advance topics in mobile robots and
manipulators. Mobile robot navigation, path planning, room mapping, autonomous
navigation are the main mobile robot topics.
The course will be a
project based course requiring exploration of a novel area in Robotics, which
can involve the use of
SPB tools for Design Entry CIS and PSpice circuit analysis.


RF-Analog-Mixed Signal Laboratory (RAMLAB)

The focus of RAMLAB is to conduct research in the area of analog, mixed-signal and RF design. Research at RAMLAB is very diverse, ranging from analog circuit design to development of design methodologies for System in a Package (SiP) architectures. The National Science Foundation (NSF), Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Harris Corporation, LSI Logic Inc., and several industrial partners fund research at RAMLAB. RAMLAB's external collaborators include Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Buffalo (SUNY), and University of Rochester. Research using Cadence Virtuoso SPECTRE RF Simulation products is being conducted in the following areas:

  • RFIC Design
  • Analog-RF Test Strategies
  • Analog IC Design
  • Chip-Package Co-design methodologies
  • RFIC Design Methodologies
  • Scalable Modeling for RF/Digital devices

Analog Devices Integrated Microsystems Laboratory (ADIML)

The ADIML Lab conducts research under the disciplines of analog integrated circuit design, semiconductor device physics, and MEMS in topic areas such as smart sensors, thin film transistors on glass, compact MOSFET device models, acoustic wave filters, display driver electronics, power harvesting, and RF telemetry. Researchers use the suite of Cadence CAD tools for simulation and physical design of integrated circuits and as a platform for testing new physical models for use in circuit simulation.

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Rev. 11/04/2013
Contact: James Stefano, Jr.