Electronic Design Automation Centre
P1406, Electronic Engineering Laboratories, Academic Block Purple Zone
|Director:||Mr. Anthony Shi-Sheung Fong|
|Deputy Director:||Dr. Angus Kwok-Ming Wu|
|Computer Officer:||Mr. Calvin Wu|
|Senior Technician:||Mr. C. Y. Cheng|
|Technician:||Mr. W. K. Kan|
Since microelectronic technology is becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated, it is becoming more and more difficult for human beings to carry out electronic circuit designs manually. The solution is CAD. In other words, we have to rely on EDA tools running on high performance computers to complete circuit designs on time. To provide education and facilitate research activities in the area, the EDA centre was established in 1994 at City University of Hong Kong.
This Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art EDA tools and high performance worktstations. Collectively they cover the entire spectrum of interest, from design entry and low-level device and circuit designs, to high-level system designs. The Centre has been endowed with many VHDL packages for simulation, verification, testing, automatic test vector generation, circuit synthesis, and high-level physical design for various circuit technologies. There also exists field programmable gate array (FPGA) tools for the production of physical chips.
It is noteworthy that major EDA licenses and workstations in the centre
have been obtained through donations from industry. Both of the Synopsys
and Cascade company donations were the first of their kind to be awarded
by the respective companies in the entire South-East Asia region.
|1996||Xilinx, USA||1.7 Millions||EDA tools|
|1996||Cascade Design Automation, USA||85 Millions||EDA tools|
|1995||SUN Microsystems, USA||1 Million||SUN SPARC servers|
|1993||Synopsys, USA||65 Millions||EDA tools|
|1993||SUN Microsystems, USA||1 Million||SUN SPARC workstations|
The EDA centre is an instructional laboratory designed for teaching concepts in digital system and microelectronics circuit design with EDA tools, and a research centre for EDA related research. The centre is equipped with more than HK$ 150 millions worth hardwares and softwares. It is one of the most well equipped teaching and research centre among the eduction institutes in Hong Kong. Currently, the centre consists of 20 SUN Sparc workstations and 25 pentium based personal computers. They are served by the SUN 2000E and 1000E servers. More information can be found on the centre resources page. The computational equipments and softwares are acquired through donations from the industries including Synopsys, Cascade Design Automation, and SUN Microsystems. We are grateful to all of these donations for their generous support.
The activities of this centre can be summarized into three groups:
|1.||To provide EDA tools for digital system designs, from behavioural modelling and high-level design (mainly with VHDL), to low-level and physical microelectronics design and implementation, including ASIC and FPGA.|
|2.||To support general teaching and final-year-student projects on EDA systems.|
|3.||To support the research projects of academic staff and research students.|
|Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in||Electronic Engineering|
|Master of Science in||Electronic Engineering|
|Support Research:||Digital System Design|
Research in the Centre can be divided into two groups: VLSI Design and Intelligent Systems Members of the Centre are undertaking six active projects worth over HK$1 million.
The EDA centre has been the beneficiary of many supports. The EDA centre is supported in part by:
In 1996, the Centre was awarded a grant of $3.21 millions by the Hong Kong Industry Department under the Industrial Support Fund to establish an electronic design automation centre to service the local industry.
The project is to establish a centre for electronic circuit design services.
The Centre will provide the following technology transfer and consultancy
services to the Hong Kong electronic product industry:
This is an efficient and cost effective way to enhance the technological know-how for the local electronic industry and to increase its competitiveness. The industry includes consumer electronics, toys, TV games, electronic dictionaries, organisers, watches, computers and peripherals, telecommunications peripherals, OEM's and ODM's. The Centre is targeted to be financially self-sufficient in three years with the funds generated from the technology transfer programs and consultancy services.