Professional Courses

Professional Online Courses

Introduction to Professional Courses

These courses offer in-depth instruction on how to do analog IC design that best accomplishes a set of circuit specifications using CMOS or BiCMOS technology in an industrial environment.  It is assumed that the participant has a background in CMOS/BiCMOS technology, circuit theory, and is familiar with industrial level simulation tools.  These courses also include topics, such as ESD and reliability, which are generally not covered in the academic preparation for analog IC design.

How to use the Professional Online Courses

The courses are divided into two different categories.  The first category includes a step-by-step procedure on how to accomplish a design given a set of specifications.  Although the result may not exactly satisfy the specifications, the designer should know how to “tweak” the design procedure to accomplish the desired result.  These courses are followed by the opportunity to design and simulate laboratory design problems using the resources of Efabless (more detail on this soon).  If the laboratory design problem meets the specifications, the designer will receive certification for having successfully accomplishing the laboratory design problem.  The technology used in these design problems will be 180 to 350 nanometer CMOS/BiCMOS technology.

The second category of professional online courses consists of topics not generally covered in academics.  At the present this includes “An Analog Viewpoint of ESD” and “Reliability of Analog CMOS Circuits”.  The second course is under development but the first course is available.