The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Cadence University Program Member

Welcome to the home page of the Cadence Users Group at Johns Hopkins University. This page contains information about the Cadence design tools extensively used in classes and research programs in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Hopkins. 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.

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Useful Items:

Students of classes 520.491 and 520.492, please DO NOT print the manuals. Try to use the online manuals as far as possible

Research Projects:


A first course on the systematic design principles of complex physical computing structures. The course has emphasis on the hierarchical abstractions of devices, circuits, functional units and all the way to the architecture. The class lectures will be complemented with laboratory projects. Working in groups the students will also complete a final project.

An advanced laboratory course in which teams of students design, build, test, and document application specific information processing microsystems. Semester long projects range from sensors/actuators, mixed signal electronics, embedded microcomputers, algorithms, and robotics systems. Demonstration and documentation of projects are important aspects of the evaluation process.

Silicon models of information and signal processing functions, implemented in analog and digital CMOS integrated circuits. Structured design, scalability, parallelism, low-power consumption, and robustness to process variations. Topics include digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital data conversion, delta-sigma modulation, vector quantization, continuous-time and switched-capacitor analog filters, and adaptive neural computation.

This course is an introduction to VLSI design. Although the emphasis is on digital VLSI circuits, an initial overview of the analog basis of digital VLSI circuits will be given. Using a state-of-the-art CAD environment provided by CADENCE Design Systems, the students will design combinational and sequential circuits at various levels of abstraction.

Research seminar devoted to current research in the engineering of large scale integrated analog systems. Topics include models for vision and auditory processing as well as implementation constraints and limitations.

Both classes feature advanced design projects using the Cadence tools, and student chip designs are fabricated through the MOSIS foundry service with support from the MOSIS Educational Program (MEP).

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