Digital System Trail

The trail focuses on designing medium and large digital systems, emphasizing the steps of the digital project flow for modern manufacturing technologies, including front-end and back-end. From algorithm to chip layout, the course provides theoretical and practical classes and cutting-edge tools to provide high-quality qualification.


I - Introductory Module

Introduction to Microelectronics

  • Semiconductors (characteristics of conductors, insulators and semiconductors);
  • Semiconductor devices: diodes and MOSFETs. -Electrical characterization of devices. DC and AC modeling;
  • The logic inverter and the basic amplifier (exploring a first application);
  • Combinational and sequential CMOS logic (logic gates and foundations only);
  • CMOS manufacturing process: Manufacturing stages of an integrated circuit; Manufacturing cost, yield;
  • Implementation of devices and connections in the CMOS process (layout of resistors, capacitors, inductors, MOSFETs, diodes, tracks, Padring);
  • Parasitic Effects in the CMOS Process;
  • Behavioral variability due to manufacturing;
  • Encapsulation;
  • CAD tools;
  • Technological trends.
II - Digital Module

Digital Systems Project: Front-end and Back-end (from algorithm and specification to chip layout)

  • Combinational Logic;
  • Sequential Logic;
  • Finite State Machines;
  • Design of digital systems consisting of a control block and operating block;
  • ASIC and FPGA architecture;
  • ASICS digital IC and FPGAs design methodology;
  • Hardware Description Language;
  • High-level synthesis and use of IPs;
  • Organization architecture for embedded RISC processors;
  • Performance, Pipeline and optimizations;
  • Memory hierarchy;
  • Embedded processor IPs: RISC-V, ARM, MIPs and others;
  • Study of the relationship between area, performance, power and energy in the design of digital systems;
  • Introduction and Planning of verification;
  • Verification environment and Universal Verification Methodology (UVM);
  • Metrics-based verification;
  • Assertion-based verification;
  • Behavioral simulation and post synthesis (with delay);
  • Digital logical and physical implementation flow;
  • Positioning Flow;
  • Routing Flow;
  • Static and dynamic energy consumption;
  • Performance: delay, simulations with delay, parasitic extraction;
  • Design Optimizations and Physical Synthesis;
  • Design verification, mask preparation and tape-out;
  • Basic notions of testing and fault definition;
  • Static test;
  • ATPG;
  • DFT;
  • Dynamic testing.
III - Management and Entrepreneurship Module

Management and Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and ecosystem;
  • New business in semiconductors;
  • Development and Laboratory Tools;
  • Knowledge Management;
  • ESG and Sustainability;
  • LGPD, Compliance and Ethics;
  • Project Management;
  • Socio-emotional skills;
  • Introduction to New Businesses;
  • Creation of the Value Proposal;
  • Prototyping and user experience (UX);
  • Market Validation;
  • Value Delivery;
  • Fund-raising.
IV - Assessment and Industry Fairs Module

Assessment and Industry Fairs

  • Practical presentation of work;
  • Fairs with industry and professionals in the field.
V - Informe o nome para o módulo caso exista
  • Conteúdo 1;
  • Conteúdo 2;
  • Conteúdo 3;
VI - Informe o nome para o módulo caso exista
  • Conteúdo 1;
  • Conteúdo 2;
  • Conteúdo 3;
VII - Informe o nome para o módulo caso exista
  • Conteúdo 1;
  • Conteúdo 2;
  • Conteúdo 3;
VIII - Informe o nome para o módulo caso exista
  • Conteúdo 1;
  • Conteúdo 2;
  • Conteúdo 3;
IX - Informe o nome para o módulo caso exista
  • Conteúdo 1;
  • Conteúdo 2;
  • Conteúdo 3;

Target Audience

People with experience and/or a degree in the area of microelectronics or related areas.



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