This programme focuses on the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip in advanced semiconductor technologies. This requires a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills across many fields within engineering and science.
Modern society depends on reliable and efficient electronics supporting a wide range of application areas such as broadband communications, high-speed computing, healthcare, automotive, artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), and more. This means that the demand for engineers with the knowledge required to lead the design of complex integrated circuits and systems will remain high for the foreseeable future.
This programme is organised by several strong divisions with excellent teaching experience and close research collaboration with many companies worldwide. It provides you with a competitive education in digital, analogue and radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits (IC) and system-on-chip (SoC) design, combined with in-depth knowledge in signal processing, application-specific processors, embedded systems design, modern communications systems, and radio transceiver design.
The first year offers courses in digital and analogue integrated circuits, digital systems design, digital communication, and an introduction to radio electronics. Later on, you choose between two specialisations:
- System-on-Chip, with a focus on digital System-on-Chip design and embedded systems.
- Analogue/Digital and RF IC design, with a focus on the design of mixed analogue/digital and radio-frequency integrated circuits.
Design-project courses with the latest software
Several design-project courses provide excellent opportunities for you to improve your design skills. You will be introduced to state-of-the-art circuit and system design environments and CAD tools which are being used in the industry today. As an example, in the VLSI Design course, you will design real chips using standard CMOS technology. These chips are sent for fabrication and later measured and evaluated in a follow-up course. Only a few select universities around the world have the know-how and capability to provide such courses, and LiU is one of them.