DCIS 2001
XVI Conference on
Design of Circuits and Integrated Systems
November 20-23, 2001

Hotel Ipanema Porto

Porto, Portugal


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Steering Committee
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Previous editions:
  1996 - Barcelona
  1997 - Sevilla
  1998 - Madrid
  1999 - Palma de Mallorca
  2000 - Montpellier

Local organizing committee:
Marques dos Santos
Pedro Guedes de Oliveira
José Martins Ferreira
José Machado Silva
José Carlos Alves
Gustavo Alves
Tutorials (download PDF) - PLEASE NOTE: new schedule for Tutorial 2

Tutorial 1 Tuesday, November 20, 14:00-16:00  

New Approaches to Mixed-Signal Testing and Design-For-Test

Prof. Linda Milor, Georgia Tech, USA

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Complexity of both leading edge process technologies and semiconductor products has increased in recent years in order to achieve higher levels of performance at lower cost per die.  The use of advanced technologies increases manufacturing risk, even if a circuit is composed of pre-characterized components, because of the inability to completely characterize all facets of advanced processes.  At the same time, the cost of testing as a fraction of total manufacturing cost is increasing, and the industry is striving to move towards the use of lower cost testers through introducing embedded test circuitry on chip. This tutorial will survey the causes of deep submicron manufacturing risk, together with tools available to test engineers to assist in test program development and embedded test methods.


Tutorial 2 NEW DATE: Friday, November 23, 17:30

Introduction to RF CMOS IC design

Prof. Mohammed Ismail, Ohio-State University, USA

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This tutorial will serve as an introduction to the analysis and design of CMOS highly integrated transceivers for wireless applications. A top down approach will be used starting with transceiver design at the system level, followed by design techniques at the block and physical design levels for both the high frequency (GHz) blocks and mixed signal blocks in the analogue baseband. Interface with the digital baseband will also be discussed and the emphasis will be on multi band, multi standard radio design solutions. The material will be covered at an introductory level. Students and newcomers are particularly encouraged to attend.




Tutorial 3 Friday,  November 23, 15:00-17:00

Wireless Systems-on-a-Chip Design

Prof. Robert Brodersen, Univ. California, Berkeley, USA

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There is a fundamental shift that is occurring in the implementation of wireless systems. Not only is the underlying technology shifting to mainstream CMOS technology, but the applications and specifications of the supported links is also rapidly evolving. These two trends result in radical shifts in the radio system architectures, which ranges from the implementation issues associated with the analog RF circuitry and  the digital baseband processing to the basic techniques for dealing with multi-access and the impairments of the channel. All of these design issues are driven by an ever widening range of requirements from the high bandwidth needs of multimedia internet access to the ultra low power needs of sensor data networks.

The multiple inter-related technologies required for implementation of such wireless system requires a co-design strategy  in communication algorithms, protocols, digital architectures as well the analog and digital circuits required for their implementation. The architectures for implementing these systems and how they scale into the future is a critical issue. The conclusion that will be shown is that software based systems, however successful they may  be now, will become increasingly inappropriate into the future. A design infrastructure which supports more appropriate architectures will be described  that has a particular emphasis on the interaction of the analog and digital aspects of the design, which will support a fully automated chip design flow.


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