A Collaboartive Proposal to Integrate System-on-Chip Concepts into Two Year Engineering Science and Four Year ECE Curricula

SoC is the major revolution taking place in the design of Integrated Circuits. However, progress in this rapidly evolving area hinges critically on the availability of well-educated engineers able to bridge the architectural and physical gaps in SoC design. There is a strong consensus from industry and academic institutions on the importance and urgency of reflecting the impact of the SoC paradigm shift in engineering education, as traditional programs, especially at the undergraduate level, have not kept pace with this evolution. Thus, our project, supported by the National Science Foundation, addresses this challenge and develops a curricular prototype that cuts across the artificial course boundaries and introduces SoC knowledge through vertically-integrated and problem-oriented laboratory experiments. Beginning with basic concepts, this approach immerses students in actual system-design projects through three specific engineering design flows (digital, analog, and signal processing) where experiences are formalized and encapsulated into reusable methods, libraries and tools. For detailed project deliverables, please visit our project website.