Cadence®Tools are an intrinsic part of the ECE curriculum.

To get an idea of the comprehensive nature of these tools,  see how  we apply each particular Cadence tool in the courses below.  The following entries provide a brief course description and then each contains a sub-bullet that describes how the particular Cadence tools are being used in that course.

  • ECE 250 Electronic Device Modeling
    Modeling, analysis, and simulation of electronic circuits that contain two-terminal and three-terminal semiconductor devices. Integral laboratory.

    • OrCAD schematic capture and PSpice simulation tools from the SPB Suite are used for circuit simulation and analysis for both homework and in conjunction with the labs.
  • ECE 351 Analog Electronics
    Transistor amplifier design and analysis including discrete and integrated circuit topologies.

    • OrCAD schematic capture and PSpice simulation tools from the SPB Suite are used for circuit simulation and analysis for both homework and in conjunction with the labs.
  • ECE362  Principles of Design
    Introduction to the design process. All students are required to design, build, and test a PCB.

    • Allegro PCB design entry and PSpice simulations are used to simulate and then design the PCB
  • ECE 454 System Level Electronic Design
    Analysis and design of Op-Amp circuits: wave shaping circuits, Schmitt triggers, power amplifiers, high power buffers, controlled current sources, peak detectors, sample and hold circuits. Precision Op-Amp Circuits. Non-ideal properties of Op-Amps.

    • OrCAD schematic capture and PSpice simulation tools from the SPB Suite are used for circuit simulation and analysis for both homework and in conjunction with the labs.
  • ECE552 Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design
    Design, performance analysis, and physical layout of analog integrated circuits. Integral laboratory and design project.

    • Students use the Custom IC Design Suite with the Spectre simulator for the laboratory and project components of the course related to analog circuits. Spectre-RF is used for simulation of switch capacitor circuits.
  • ECE553 Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuit Design
    Design, analysis, and physical layout of high-frequency analog integrated-circuits for modern RF transceivers. Integral laboratory and design project.

    • Students use the Custom IC Design Bundle with the Spectre and SpectreRF simulators in the laboratory and project components of the course
  • ECE460/461/462 Capstone Design Sequence
    Many projects involve some form of circuit design, which requires simulation and/or PCB design.

    • Students use simulators such as Spectre and SpectreRF for simulation of high-frequency electronics. Allgro PCB tools are used for PCB design and PSpice is used for lower frequency simulations of circuits.

We also use the Cadence®Tools for research.

  • Design of ICs for Instructional Labs
    • The Custom IC Design Bundle, Digital IC Design, and Verification packages are being used to design ICs that will complement the laboratory exercises for ECE551, ECE552, and ECE553.
  • Design of ICs to model Biological Muscle Actuation
    • Dr. Tina Hudson is using the Custom IC Design Bundle to design analog ICs that model the contractile function of skeletal muscle tissue.
  • Design of ICs to model neural activity
    • Dr. Mario Simoni is using the Custom IC Design Bundle and the SPB Suite to design biological realistic circuit models of the electrical activity of neurons.
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