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Cadence® Academic Network


Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
Cadence University Program Membe


The Cadence Academic Network was launched in 2007 by Cadence EMEA. The aim is to promote the proliferation of leading-edge technologies and methodologies at universities renowned for their engineering and design excellence.
A knowledge network among selected universities, research institutes, industry advisors and Cadence was established to facilitate the sharing of technology expertise in the areas of verification, design and implementation of microelectronic systems. The Cadence Academic Network, therefore, significantly support and improve the universities activities.
The Academic Network became an integral part of CDNLive! where universities and industry members are offered a knowledge exchange platform in order to demonstrate scientific achievements, present ideas and establish further collaborations.
The Cadence Academic Network manages a page for discussion and opportunities on LinkedIn, and information can also be found on the Cadence Academic Network webpage. On LinkedIn, the groups are moderated by the lead institutions of the Academic Network ensuring a constant flow of reviewed information relevant to academia.

Task of the IME in the CAN

The IME is member of the Cadence Academic Network as “Lead institution for Design for Test”. Our ASIC-Designs and also the education are focused to ready for production designs. Therefore we specify testability early in the project phase, and we use DFT-Tools and „ad hoc test structures“ in the ASICs – always with the goal of a high testability at reasonable test cost.

Competencies, Activities

Competencies and activities of the IME include the whole path from a sensor through sensor electronics, analog and digital signal processing and communications of the evaluable signal on a computer.


The IME use Cadence Tools in the profile Microelectronics of the "bachelor curriculum Elektro- und Informationstechnik "EIT", especially in the modules Analog Circuits and Mixed signal Circuits and in the Microelectronics/ Communi­cations Lab.
In the Master curriculum (Master of Science in Engineering, MSE), the students use Cadence Tools for practical work on research projects in analog and mixed-signal design.

Application oriented Research

Industry licenses available at the IME allow us to cooperate with industry to transfer research results into products.


Coordinator for Cadence Academic Network: Prof. Dr. Hanspeter Schmid
Head of the IME and Coordinator of the Lead Institution: Prof. Karl Schenk

Contributions to the Network
  • "The SKILL of doing cross sections through a layout", Presentation by Hanspeter Schmid at CDNlive 2010, Munich.
  • "Looking at an IC layout in 3D"
  • A Method of Teaching Mixed-Signal Design Through Projects Using Cadence, Python, and a Raspberry Pi” by Hanspeter Schmid, Presented at CDNlive 2016

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