Adopting the Cadence Design System for an Engineering Technology Program

Conference Paper


  • The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Manchester campus offers a four year program in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET). This work describes a multi-year collaboration between the UNH-EET program and an industry partner to develop a digital and analog curriculum to address the staffing needs of the regional microelectronics industry. The UNHEET program consist of a three course sequence in digital and a two course sequence in analog. The introduction course topics are consistent with traditional analog and digital EET curriculum with the advanced courses now covering integrated microelectronics concepts. The advanced digital course covers Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) transistor theory, Complimentary MOS (CMOS) processing, transistor level gate delay analysis, power estimates, interconnects impact assessment, reliability design considerations, CMOS scaling calculations, and system simulation approaches. The advanced analog course includes transistor amplifiers theory, design of transistor level differential amplifiers, multistage amplifiers applications, implementation of bias circuitry, and output stage architecture. Through a partnership and financial support of a major international semiconductor company the industry standard Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Ca̅dence® Design system has been adopted for the associated laboratory exercises on schematic capture, simulation and physical design for both the digital and analog curriculum. Over a four year period enrollments in the course sequence have increased and steady placement of students in the microelectronic industry in the region has been demonstrated. This curriculum approach makes the UNH-EET program one of only 250 American academic institutions to provide access to the Cadence Systems through the Ca̅dence® University Program.
  • Publication Date

  • February 1, 2019