Synopsys provides universities with access to comprehensive curricula for Bachelor and Master Programs in microelectronic design and EDA development. We work closely with our Curricula Advisory Board, a team of academic experts, to advise on the overall program content and to review and provide feedback on the materials.

Each full-semester course contains 15 weeks of material including syllabus, lectures, labs, homework and exams. Synopsys tools are applied in the labs for a thorough and practical understanding of theoretical concepts introduced in each course. Professors at member universities may use these course materials to implement a new course or to supplement content in an existing course.

All courseware described below may be downloaded from the Synopsys University Program Member Only website (requires SolvNet ID and password). If your university is not yet a member of the Synopsys University Program and you would like to apply, please contact the program administrator for your region.

 Full Semester Courseware
VLSI Design Curriculum

Digital System Architecture and Design:    
Bachelor Degree Courses:
  • Digital ASIC Design
  • Digital Integrated Circuits
  • IC Design
  • IC Design Flow (RAU)
  • IC Design Introduction
  • IC Simulation Theory - Updated!
  • IC Testing (EPFL) - Updated!
  • IC Testing (SEUA) - Updated!
  • Introduction to Circuits
  • Introduction to Electronic Circuits
  • Introduction to Logic Design
  • Introduction to VLSI Design (UT)
  • I/O Design
  • Logic Design - Updated!
  • Synthesis of Digital Circuits
   Master's Degree Courses:
  • Advanced Digital Integrated Circuits
  • Advanced IC Physical Design
  • Crosstalk and Noise
  • Design for Test - Updated!
  • Design of Special I/Os - Updated!
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital VLSI Design
  • Low Power Design
  • Low Power Design with SAED 90nm EDK
  • Low Power Methodology
  • Modeling and Optimization of VLSI Interconnects
  • Nano-Scale Circuits and Systems (SFSU)
  • System-on-Chip Architecture Design
  • VLSI Design - Updated!
  • VLSI Design Verification and Testing

IC/Semiconductor Fabrication:
   Bachelor Degree Courses:
  • Advanced Integrated Circuits - New!
  • IC Fabrication
  • Introduction to Semiconductor Devices
  • Principles of Semiconductor Devices
  • Semiconductor Devices (SAED)
  • Semiconductor Technology
  • VLSI Device and Process Simulation
   Master's Degree Courses:
  • Semiconductor Transport Theory and Monte Carlo Device Simulation (ETH)
Analog/RF Design:
   Bachelor Degree Courses:
  • Analog Integrated Circuits
  • Analog Integrated Circuit Design
  • Introduction to RF Communication - Updated!
  • RF Circuits - Updated!
  • RF Circuits and Systems based on Custom Designer
   Master's Degree Courses:
  • Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits
  • Mixed-Signal IC Design
  • RF IC Design

   Bachelor Degree Courses:
  • Computer Architecture
  • Introduction to Communication, Control, and Signal Processing
  • Linear Algebra
  • Methods of Mathematical Physics
  • Microprocessor Systems - Updated!
  • Nanoscale Electronic Materials - New!
  • Numerical Methods
  • Physical-Chemical Bases of Micro- and Nanoelectronics
  • Quantum Theory and Statistical Physics
  • Scripting Languages
  • Scripting Languages 2 - New!
  • Signals and Systems - New!
  • System Level Design
  • Technical Writing - Updated!
  • Theoretical Bases of Microcircuitry
   Master's Degree Courses:
  • Advanced IC Processing and Layout
  • Advanced Integrated Circuits for Communications
  • Advanced Methods in Logic Synthesis and Equivalence Checking - New!
  • Advanced Topics in Solid State Devices - New!
  • Complex Functions
  • Data Compression - New!
  • Design Techniques for Digital Systems
  • Digital Communication
  • EDA Tools
  • Embedded Systems Design
  • Fourier Transformations
  • FPGA Prototyping - New!
  • Fuzzy Logic - Updated!
  • Introduction to Optical Communication Systems and Networks
  • Principles of Digital and Wireless Communications - New!
  • Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics
  • Rad-hard IC Design
  • Senior Design Project
  • Solar Cell Physics (SVTI)
  • Static Timing Analysis - New!
  • Thermal and Electro-Thermal Simulation
EDA Curriculum

Digital System Architecture and Design:
   Bachelor Degree Courses:
  • Hardware Description Languages
  • IC Design Introduction
   Master's Degree Courses:
  • Low Power Design
  • Modeling and Optimization of VLSI Interconnects
  • Semiconductor Devices and Technology
  • VLSI Design
  • VLSI Design Algorithms - Updated!
  • VLSI Physical Design Algorithms

Analog/RF Design:
   Bachelor Degree Courses:
  • Analog Integrated Circuits

   Bachelor Degree Courses:
  • Advanced Operating Systems
  • Algorithms & Structural Programming
  • Combinatorial Algorithms - New!
  • Computer Networks
  • Data Structures
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • EDA Introduction
  • EDA Mathematical Methods - Updated!
  • Elements of Software Construction - New!
  • Information Security
  • Introduction to Algorithms
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Modeling - New!
  • Numerical Methods
  • Optimization Methods - Updated!
  • Operating Systems and System Programming
  • Programming in Linux Operating Environment - New!
  • Programming Languages & Compilers
  • Technical Writing
  • Theory of Algorithms
  • Unix System Administration
   Master's Degree Courses:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Compilers Design
  • Compiler Optimization and Code Generation - New!
  • Complex Functions
  • Computational Geometry
  • Contemporary Software Development Kits - New!
  • Databases
  • Design of Programming Languages - New!
  • Discrete Mathematics and Probability
  • Equations of Mathematical Physics - New!
  • Fourier Transformations - Updated!
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Networked Computing
  • Object-Oriented Programming - Updated!
  • Operational Research
  • Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics
  • Programming C++ - New!
  • Software Development Technology
  • Software Testing - New!
  • Software Verification and Validation - Updated!
  • Symbolic Programming
  • Synthesis and Optimization of Digital Integrated Circuits - Updated!
  • User/Interface Design - New!
  • VLSI Schematic Design Algorithms
  • VLSI Verification Algorithms

 Curriculum Support Modules: Workshops and Lectures

  • SystemVerilog/Verification Methodology Manual (VMM)
  • SystemVerilog Verification Tutorial (SFSU) - New!
  • Universal Verification Methodology - New!
  • Verilog HDL Basics

  • TCAD Course
  • TCAD for VLSI Design
  • TCAD Short Course
  • TCAD Quick Start Guide

  • Project Management

  • 90nm Digital Design Workshop
  • ASIC Design Flow Tutorial Using Synopsys Tools
  • Digital Design Flow Based on PowerPC 405 Processor
  • Full Custom IC Design Flow Using Synopsys Custom Tools (SFSU)
  • IC Synthesis Based on ARM Cortex-MO DesignStart Processor - New!
  • IC Synthesis Based on DesignWare ARC 600 Core - New!
  • Software Methodology Using Custom Designer
  • Synopsys Design Flow Tutorial
  • Synopsys IC Design Flow Based on 90nm Generic Library (SAED 90nm EDK)
  • Synthesis Basics - New!
  • UPF Workshop

 Short Lectures/Labs

Circuit Simulation:
  • Circuit Simulation: Transient Analysis
  • Techniques for Circuit Simulation
  • Thermal and Electro-Thermal Simulation: Achievements and Trends

Low Power Design:
  • Low Power Methodology Manual for 90nm
  • Low Power Methodology Manual for 32/28nm - New!
  • Subthreshold Design and Implementation (RIT)
  • Verification Methodology Manual for Low Power (VMM-LP)

  • Multi-threaded SPARC core verification using SystemVerilog Testbench
  • Synthesizing 64-bit OpenSPARC multi-threaded core on FPGA with Synopsys Synplify tool chain
  • Synthesizing a Design Using the 90nm Technology Library

  • Addressing Process Variations and Patterning Issues in VLSI Designs (UCLA)
  • Advanced RTL Verification Techniques
  • Basic Perl Programming
  • Design Methods of Nanoscale Memories
  • Design Methods of Nanoscale Sigma-Delta Modulators
  • Embedded Systems Design
  • How to Create an Interoperable PDK
  • Introduction to Verilog HDL - Updated!
  • Logic Simulation with Consideration of Destabilizing Factors
  • Nanoscale Low Power Digital Standard Cell Library Tutorial
  • Physical Verification Runset Development
  • Power-Performance Optimization of Digital Circuits and Systems
  • Process Variation Aware Design
  • Sequential Elements - Updated!
  • Signal and Power Integrity: Current State and New Approaches
  • Statistical Techniques for Timing Analysis: Current State and Trends
  • TCAD Microelectronic Labs (IIT)

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