The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
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.
Students of classes 520.491 and 520.492, please DO NOT
print the manuals. Try to use the online manuals as far as possible
- JHU Cadence Wiki:
- http://etienne.ece.jhu.edu/cadence - Wiki for documenting the use and administration of Cadence at JHU
Sensory-Motor System Lab has the following projects using Cadence design
The development and implementation of VLSI algorithms for image acquisition,
edge detection and motion detection.
Applications of these algorithms to specific tasks such as visual velocity
measurement, autonomous target acquisition and tracking and rudimentary
Development of a general purpose (> 128 x 128 pixel) computational sensor
for image acquisition, edge detection and 2D motion detection
Incorporation of the general purpose computational sensors with digital
and neural computers to address problems in real-time dynamic scene analysis,
dynamic target segmentation and recognition, multiple target tracking and
fully autonomous navigation in cluttered environments.
Adaptive Microsystems Lab has the
following ongoing research projects using Cadence design tools:
Development of analog VLSI systems for multimedia sensory integration,
covering applications of speech processing, visual motion estimation, and
Support vector "machines" for adaptive classification and function approximation.
Development of low-power mixed analog-digital VLSI implementation of a
hybrid ANN/HMM (artificial neural network/hidden markov model) system for
continuous speech recognition.
Design and VLSI prototyping of high-speed oversampling and pipelined analog-to-digital
converters in CMOS, BiCMOS and SiGe technology.
A project to interface analog VLSI electronics with optical diffraction
systems for on-line correction of abberation of optical propagation in
520.216: Introduction to Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) (Prof. Andreas Andreou)
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.
520.448/738: Electronic Design Lab
(Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings)
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.
520.492: Mixed-Mode VLSI Systems (Philippe Pouliquen)
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.
520.491: CAD Design
of Digital VLSI Systems I (Prof. Ralph
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.
520.761/762: Seminar on Large Scale Analog Computation (Profs. Andreas Andreou and Ralph Etienne-Cummings)
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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Last modified: March 31, 2014