The Superchip: Innovative Teaching of IC Design and Manufacture

Peter Wilson, Reuben Wilcock, Iain McNally, Matthew Swabey, Bashir Al-Hashimi

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In this paper we describe how through intelligent chip architecture, a large cohort (ar126100 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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2008
EventCustom Integrated Circuits Conference, 2008 - San Jose, USA United States
Duration: 1 Sept 2008 → …


ConferenceCustom Integrated Circuits Conference, 2008
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CitySan Jose
Period1/09/08 → …


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