Anticipated Graduation Term: Summer 2009, M.S. Computer Engineering
Interests: FPGAs, VLSI, Microprocessors & Databases
Hobbies: Music, Cricket & Computer Gaming
The field of VLSI design is witnessing rapid escalation in both functionality and complexity. One reason for this is the emergence of PLDs, FPGAs, EDA tools and the concept of system on chip (SOC), which have completely transformed the VLSI design scenario. Increasing complexity in chip design has brought with it an increased emphasis on customizing clocking strategies and power distribution while maintaining high-speed performance. Increased complexity also means that design automation and design verification have become factors as important in the evolution of CMOS technology as the process technology. The challenge for the VLSI Design Engineer lies in creating designs that meet the complex requirements of the changing VLSI design field. With the advent of application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) technologies that can integrate both analog and digital functions on a single chip using CAD tools, analog design has become more crucial than ever to the design process. However, combining analog and digital technology multiplies complications and resolving these complications is a challenge. Through 651-course I would like to prepare to meet this challenge and wish to gain the expertise required to create such designs.
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