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Digital IC Design Laboratory

A seemingly ordinary computer lab holds the key to the creation of a new integrated circuit. Specialized industrial grade software is used design and simulate the intended process flow along with the physical and electrical transistor results. The projected behavior of individual transistors is used to predict via simulation the final circuit performance and any necessary changes to the process, device or circuit is made before committing to the very expensive fabrication operations. The symbolic design is checked for rule violations and circuit validation before being converted into a geometrical layout. We then use our own electron beam mask writing tool to create a set of chrome on glass photomasks (worth thousands of dollars each).