The Cadence Academic Network was launched in 2007 by Cadence. The aim was to promote the proliferation of leading-edge technologies and methodologies at universities renowned for their engineering and design excellence. A knowledge network among selected European universities, research institutes, industry advisors and Cadence was established to facilitate the sharing of technology expertise in the areas of verification, design and implementation of microelectronic systems.

Istanbul Technical University Very Large Scale Integration Laboratories (ITU VLSI LABs) is a member of the program since 2011 and recognized as regional leader in the fields of  RF IC design,  Analog and Mixed Signal IC design and Digital IC design.

## Cadence in ITU VLSI LABs

Cadence design environment is extensively utilized  within the research activities at ITU VLSI LABs and  within the curriculum of Istanbul Technical University, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Faculty, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering.

## Research

ITU VLSI LABs group has over 50 academics working on IC design related issues. Current projects are related to Fully Integrated Reference Circuits, All Digital PLLs, Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizers, High Voltage Analog to Digital Converters, High Speed and High Resolution Digital to Analog Converters.

## Courses

The curriculum at ITU Electronics and Communication Engineering Department is highly oriented towards all aspects of integrated circuit design, including IC fabrication (1 undergraduate  level course, 1 graduate level course), device modelling  (1 undergraduate  level course, 2 graduate level course), RF/Analog/MixedSignal/Digital IC design (9 undergraduate  level course, 9 graduate level course).

The list of the undergraduate and graduate level courses taught using Cadence tools extensively is given below:

Course CodeCourse NameLevel
ELE413 Very Large Scale Integrated Circuit Design 1  Undergraduate
ELE425 Very Large Scale Integrated Circuit Design 2  Undergraduate
ELE414E  Microelectronic Analog Circuit Design  Undergraduate
ELE426E  Microelectronic Analog System Design  Undergraduate
ELE443  CMOS High Frequency Circuit Design  Undergraduate
ELE609E Low Power Digital System Design   Graduate
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