Advanced Digital Systems Test


CMPE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): VLSI Systems and Digital Design

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Prerequisites: ECE 6140

Corequisites: None.

Catalog Description

Design and test techniques for high-speed digital systems operating at
rates above 100 MHz with a practical emphasis via substantial projects.

Course Outcomes

Not Applicable

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Outcome 1 (Students will demonstrate expertise in a subfield of study chosen from the fields of electrical engineering or computer engineering):
1. Analyze and design transmission line structures to support multi-gigahertz bandwidth signals in high-speed testing environments.

Outcome 2 (Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate advanced problems and apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve those problems):
1. Utilize reflection diagrams to predict the time-domain response of sub-nanosecond logic transitions when encountering impedance discontinuities in test interfaces.

Outcome 3 (Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize current knowledge, technology, or techniques within their chosen subfield):
1. Design digital logic subsystems operating above 1 Gigabit-per-second.

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

1. Introduction to High Speed Test
2. ECL Technology
3. Digital Testing Concepts
4. Emitter Coupled Logic
5. Electrical Interface to Automated Test Systems
6. Resistive Divider Probe
7. Testing High Speed CMOS, TTL, ECL Technologies
8. Time-domain Analysis of Transmission Line Structures
9. Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design for High Speed Applications
10. Crosstalk and Other Sources of Signal Distortions
11. Power Distribution Techniques and Switching Noise
12. Thermal Management
13. Introduction to Gigahertz Digital Test
14. Test Program Development
15. Test Application and Debug