MSc - ISCD - Integrated Systems and Circuits Design
For about five decades, integrated circuits (IC, microchips) have now been the key technologies for electronic systems in many application areas, ranging from data processing to telecommunication and automobile electronics. In this domain, an unprecedented development has taken place from the assembly of the first planar ICs with two transistors in the year 1961 to today’s integrated processor components with upto a billion transistors on a single chip. An ending of this development is not yet foreseeable and Very Deep Submicron (VDSM) fabrication technologies (with structure sizes that are smaller than 100 nm) will offer the possibility to integrate even more complex systems.
These developments are not merely the prerequisite for even more reliable and cost-efficient system solutions, yet they will also open up a lot of new application possibilities. Due to the new requirements and especially due to the enormous complexity of such solutions, not only new fabrication technologies have to be developed, but also new challenges regarding circuits design have to be faced. Among these challenges are modeling on different levels of abstraction, circuits design in new technologies, more broadband and low-loss circuits, intelligent solutions for power electronics as well as an increase in efficiency in circuits design.
The development of these highly complex integrated circuits demands professionals with a solid knowledge in the fields of electronics and computer science as well as specialists in the field of microelectronics with special expertise in the following three working areas:
- system solutions
- design methodology
In the course of studies, these three areas are covered in a well-balanced way. From the third semester onwards, students can acquire an in-depth knowledge in the analog and in the digital areas of circuits design.