The University of Chicago
Cadence Program Member
The role of the Electronics Development Group of the University of Chicago is to work with students and faculty members on cutting edge electronic design. The policy of the Electronics Development Group is to have graduate students design, route, layout, verify and test custom design chips (ASICS) and printed circuit boards under the supervision of electronics engineers. Along with students at the University of Chicago, students from other institutions and young scientists also are invited to use the facilities of the shop for their own designs.

EDG Cadence Software Notes

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EDG Current Projects
ATLAS gFEX Electronics
Cadence tools used: SPB (PCB)

The global feature extraction (gFEX) electronics board is a hardware-based jet finder for the ATLAS trigger system which will be operational for Run 3 of the LHC.

Large Area Picosecond Photo Detector (LAPPD)
Cadence tools used: Custom IC, Digital IC

This project is concerned with the development of large-area systems to measure the time-of-arrival of relativistic particles with one pico-second resolution, and for signals typical of Positron-Emission Tomography (PET), a resolution of 30 pico-seconds (sigma on one channel). A 40 GS/s sampling ASIC using a 130nm CMOS technology is being tested as a piece of the LAPPD system.

ANNIE Central Card
Cadence tools used: SPB (PCB)

Design of a printed circuit board to handle output from PSEC4 chips in ANNIE experiment.

ATLAS Fast Tracker Electronics
Cadence tools used: SPB (PCB)

Design of a large data processing module for the Fast Tracker.

CHIWIS Programmable Current Source
Cadence tools used: SPB (PCB)

Design of a current source used to control a laser used in atmospheric testing.

ATLAS Tile Calorimeter Electronics
Cadence tools used: SPB (PCB)

The ATLAS TileCal Project is to design and upgrade more than 10,000 channels analog readout and data digitizing system for PMT signal processing, as well as very high speed optical data transmission system for data acquisition. Cadence routing tools (SPB) are used for the board level designs.

Physics 335 - Advanced Experimental Physics Project
In order to carry out an Advanced Experimental Physics Project, the student must find a faculty sponsor who agrees to supervise the work. The project must introduce the student to several aspects of an experiment---building the equipment, data taking, data analysis, and presentation. All Cadence tools are available to the students for their project work.

Physics 226 - Electronics
From the course catalog: The goal of this hands-on experimental course is to develop confidence, understanding and design ability in modern electronics. This is not a course in the physics of semiconductors. In two lab sessions a week, students explore the properties of diodes, transistors, amplifiers, operational amplifiers, oscillators, field effect transistors, logic gates, digital circuits, analog-to-digital, and digital-to-analog converters, phase-locked loops and more.

All Cadence software is available to students in Physics 226 to use for their final design project

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