Introducing Chip Design using Speed of Light

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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

Introducing Chip Design using Speed of Light
Author:Stefan Schlotterbeck-Macht <> (University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg)
Konrad Doll <> (University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg)
Ulrich Brunsmann <> (University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1

We present a novel didactical concept for undergraduate teaching of microelectronics based on an experiment using a CMOS cyclic pulse-shrinking time-to-digital-converter (TDC) in order to directly measure the speed of light. The experimental setup, the didactical concept of teaching the TDC operating principle, an example realization of a TDC for didactical purposes and an actual research application are described. Our concept fits into the CDIO framework with emphasis on design-build experience and on project-based learning in cooperation with and at the aims of industry. Evaluation of the courses shows that the acceptance of the concept is above 90%.