CADENCE Design Systems at CSUS

Affiliated Professors

  • Dr. Tom Matthews
  • Dr. Perry Heedley
  • Dr. Milica Markovic
  • Dr. Praveen Meduri

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) participates in the Cadence University Software Program. Cadence PSpice circuit software is heavily used in both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. In addition, Cadence Virtuoso Custom Integrated Circuit (IC) design software is used in some select senior and graduate level classes in VLSI and Mixed-Signal IC design.

In general, circuit simulators provide students with the capability to simulate the response of an electrical or electronic circuit to defined inputs. Hence they are valuable tools as they allow students to visualize a circuit's behavior without having to construct it. Cadence PSpice is used at CSUS for schematic capture, circuit simulation, and post-processing of results, with all these functions combined into a single software suite. Cadence Virtuoso is used at CSUS for similar tasks in more advanced classes, and for graduate student projects in integrated circuit design.

Cadence is a registered trademark of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., 2655 Seely Avenue, San Jose, CA 95134

Undergraduate Classes

ENGR 17 - Introductory Circuit Analysis

Writing of mesh and node equations. DC and transient circuit analysis by linear differential equation techniques. Application of laws and theorems of Kirchoff, Ohm, Thevenin, Norton and maximum power transfer. Sinusoidal analysis using phasors, average power.

EEE 108 - Electronics I

Introduction to electronics, ideal OP-AMPS, BJTs, FETs, DC biasing, VI characteristics, single stage amplifiers, low frequency small signal models, power supplies and voltage regulation. PSPICE required.

EEE 109 - Electronics II

Differential and multistage amplifiers, high frequency models (BJTs and FETs), feedback and sensitivity, power amplifiers, oscillators and waveform shaping circuits. Advanced use of PSPICE. Lecture three hours; laboratory three hours.

EEE 111 - Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits Laboratory

Circuit design, mask design, and simulation of integrated circuitry. Use of CAD software to prepare design for fabrication. Individual and group design projects. Laboratory three hours.

EEE 117 - Network Analysis

Review of sinusoidal steady state, phasors, complex power, three phase power, mutual inductance, series and parallel resonance. Introduction to application of Laplace transforms in network analysis, transfer functions, Bode plots, Fourier series, two-port circuits.

CpE 151 - CMOS And VLSI Design

Begins with an introduction to CMOS gates and design of CMOS combinational and sequential functions at the gate level, including CMOS memory. The theory of MOS transistors is covered including: DC equations, threshold voltage, body effect, subthreshold region, channel length modulation, tunneling, punch through, basic CMOS invertor, and the CMOS transmission gate. A basic exposure to VLSI includes the following topics: CMOS processing technology, CMOS layout, CMOS circuit design and CMOS logic design. Simulations on SPICE and basic VLSI layouts using LEDIT will be included.


EEE 230 Analog & Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design

Covers core topics and circuits important for analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits. Topics include: device structures and models, single-stage and differential amplifiers, current mirrors and active loads, operational amplifier design, stability and compensation, fully-differential circuits and common-mode feedback, noise in integrated circuits and the impact of IC processes on analog performance.

EEE 231 Adv. Analog & Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design

A companion course to EEE 230, covers additional topics important in analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design. Topics include traditional issues such as device matching and analog layout techniques, as well as important building blocks such as bandgap references and bias circuits. Also included are current-mode techniques such as high-speed current-mode logic (CML), and an introduction to noise in integrated circuits. Circuit and layout projects are assigned using CAD software.

EEE 232 Key Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Building Blocks

Covers key mixed-signal integrated circuit building blocks most often used in modern ICs. Topics covered include data converter fundamentals, comparators, and important circuit architectures for Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), and Phase-Locked Loops (PLLs)

EEE 234 Digital Integrated Circuit Design

The background and techniques needed to design and layout digital circuits at the transistor level for mixed-signal integrated circuits are covered. Topics include the design, layout and characterization of digital logic gates at the transistor level, typical CMOS process flows, device models and physics, and chip level considerations.

EEE 235 Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory

Methods to develop successful mixed-signal integrated circuits using an industrial design methodology and computer-aided design tools. Proven design techniques presented; hands-on experience gained through each student designing their own integrated circuit. Communications skills developed through periodic presentations, including reviews for the circuit architecture, design and layout.

EEE 500 Master's Degree

Completion of a thesis, project or comprehensive examination. Credit given upon successful completion of one of the following plans: Plan A: Master's Thesis, 5 units; Plan B: Master's Project, 2 units; or Plan C: Comprehensive Examination

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