An educational system of LSI design with free-wares for VDEC

Fumiharu Morisawa, Daisuke Kawakami, Kensuke Tanaka, Hideharu Amano

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Abstract

VDEC(VLSI Design Education Center), which was developed in 1996, is Japanese low cost prototyping service organization for LSI circuit development. University can use commercial CAD tools through VDEC for designing LSI chips. However, it is difficult to use such commercial CAD tools in the beginners' classes of designing LSI because of complicated license management in VDEC. A lot of universities in Europe and U.S.A exploited free-ware CAD tools in the beginners' classes, since they are simple, lightweight, and easy to use. However, in Japan, such tools cannot be used for design LSI chips for VDEC fabrication. Here, an educational system, which supports designing LSI chips with VDEC using only free-ware CAD tools, is developed. This system uses common free-ware CAD tools: Alliance, Magic, Irsim and Spice3, and in order to interface between them, original tools are implemented. For VDEC implementation, Alliance's technology files and libraries, Magic's technology file, and Irsim's library are prepared. As a verification, an 8bits RISC processor is designed. From the evaluation of execution time, it is shown that this system is able to use in the class of designing LSI by using common PCs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 1999 IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Systems Education
Subtitle of host publicationSystems Education in the 21st Century, MSE 1999
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages61-62
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)0769503128, 9780769503127
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 1
Event1999 IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Systems Education, MSE 1999 - Arlington, United States
Duration: 1999 Jul 191999 Jul 21

Other

Other1999 IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Systems Education, MSE 1999
CountryUnited States
CityArlington
Period99/7/1999/7/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Education

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    Morisawa, F., Kawakami, D., Tanaka, K., & Amano, H. (1999). An educational system of LSI design with free-wares for VDEC. In Proceedings - 1999 IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Systems Education: Systems Education in the 21st Century, MSE 1999 (pp. 61-62). [787038] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/MSE.1999.787038