From the idea to the finished circuit

To apply the theoretical acquired knowledge on discrete and integrated circuit design, we offer various lab courses in which students learn to build their own circuits, evaluate and also measure them.

PEM I is about practical experience in the field of methodical approach to the development of technical products, as well as working in a project team.

The development methodology is applied to a concrete project in a team. For example, the students have to abstract the given task and analyze the state of the art in order to write a list of requirements and to work out individual sub-problems. At the end of the module, as can be seen in the pictures, a fully functional laboratory prototype should have been created with the help of a sensible overall concept.

In the electronics lab, a drum machine is built step by step on a printed circuit board. The students learn how to solder, perform spice simulations and validate the results by measurements.

In our part of the biomedical engineering lab, students learn about various analog and digital circuit using the real example of pulse oximetry. For this purpose, an experimental board specially developed for the lab is used.

The aim of this lab is to gain deep knowledge and practical experiences in the field of full-custom CMOS ASIC design by using a professional commercial software tool (Cadence Virtuoso).

The following aspects will be considered:

  • Design entry and validation of functional blocks at the transistor level
  • Logic and analog simulation
  • Layout design
  • Post-layout simulation of extracted netlists

In the HDL lab, a digital design is implemented on an FPGA or ASIC. Verilog is used as hardware description language. The students get to know the design flow from the HDL code over the gate level netlist down to the physical implementation.