Cadence design automation tools are used as a major component in eight undergraduate and graduate courses at the UFSM:

1) Undergraduate Courses (Electric Engineering and Computer Science):

Design of Digital Integrated Systems(60 hs) - ELC 1054: The CMOS switch, levels of abstraction in digital design, CMOS inverter, CMOS technology basics, design tools, technology files, layout rules, design techniques, introduction to VLSI design.

Design of Analog Integrated Circuits I - ESP1017 (60 hs) : Physics of semiconductor basics, MOSFET structure, current x voltage characteristic, small-signal model, second order effects, single ended stages, differential stages, current mirrors, operational amplifiers, op-amp design basics, simulation practice.

Design of Analog Integrated Circuits II (60 hs) - ESP 1035 : Frequency response of amplifiers, noise analysis, feedback and frequency compensation, case studies in analog design: low power design, switched capacitor circuits, layout techniques.

Analog to Digital Conveters(60 hs) - ELC 1063: A/D conversion fundamentals; case studies: system, electrical and physical level design.

2) Graduate Courses (Electric Engineering and Computer Science):

Introduction to VLSI Design (60 hs) - ELC 891: MOS transistors and simple logic gates, design rules, electric simulation, performance estimation, symbolic design, combinational logic blocks (ROM, PLA), memory blocks, project styles (gate array, standard cells, full custom), introduction to automatic synthesis.

Design of Digital VLSI Systems (60 hs) - ELC 904: System specifications, microprocessor architectures, design methodologies, hardware/ software co-design, high level description languages, case studies - design of processor blocks.

Design of Analog Integrated Circuits I - ESP1038 (60 hs) : Design cases of analog CMOS integrated circuits.

Design of Analog Integrated Circuits II (60 hs) - ESP 1039 : Design cases of analog, and mixed-signal CMOS integrated systems.


Desing of an Implantable Neural Interface

Type: Applied Research

Areas: Microelectronics, instrumentation, Biomedical Engineering.

Begin: January/2015

Participants: UFSM, UCBM (Rome, IT.)

Funding: MCT, CNPq

Abstract: Design and testing of a wireless implantable system for both acquiring and applying signals from/into peripheral nerves. The system compreheends: implanted and external blocks for: signal conditioning, data conversion, stimulator, control, energy and comunication.

Design Tools: Virtuoso, Innovus, Spectre, Allegro/OrCad.

Hardware Implementation of a New Localization Algorithm for Mobile Sensor Networks

Type: Applied Research

Areas: Microelectronics, Sensor Networks

Begin: October/2009

Participants: UFSM, INESC-ID (Lisbon)

Funding: UFSM

Abstract: In the context of mobile sensor networks many challenges arise, position estimation being perhaps the most important. We propose an integrated circuit that implements the localization process of nodes in a mobile scenario. This algorithm is based on a well-known range-free method called Centroid. The aim is to reduce the energy spent on node’s computation in one order of magnitude and therefore allow the algorithm to operate in very restrictive power devices.


Design of an Analog to Digital Sigma Delta Converters for programmable base-band using Switched Current techniques

Type: Applied Research

Areas: Microelectronics, Analog and Mixed Signals

Begin: Mar/2009

Participants: UFSM/Gmicro/PPGEE


Abstract: This project aims to design an ADC Sigma Delta type, which meets the standards GSM / WCDMA / WLAN capable of being managed in accordance with the required operating bandwidth. The approach of constructing circuits will be using the technique of switching current (SI). The technology to be used preferably will be available in the manufacturing process CEITEC.


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