The superchip: Innovative teaching of IC design and manufacture

Peter R. 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 (∼100 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
Article number4672140
Pages (from-to)535-538
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventIEEE 2008 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, CICC 2008 - San Jose, CA, USA United States
Duration: 21 Sept 200824 Sept 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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