CAD Laboratory

The design and simulation environment for integrated circuits at INT

The CAD Laboratory offers students the possibility to access industrial software-tools for simulation and design of integrated circuits. CMOS process design kits from 500 nm down to 22 nm gatelength as well as Bipolar and BiCMOS process design kits with transit frequencies of more than 500 GHz of famous semiconductor manufacturers (e.g. ams, Globalfoundries, IHP, Infineon and ST Microelectronics) complete the development environment.

Student CAD-Lab
Student CAD-Lab


During the Laboratory Course „Entwurf integrierter Schaltungen” (german) and „Physical Design of Integrated Mixed-Signal Circuits” first practical experience can be aquired in the design of integrated circuits. In Bachelor- and Master theses larger integrated circuits including layout can be developped and simulated.

Server intrastructure
Server intrastructure


The workplaces consist of 12 Igel-Clients (graphical terminals/thin-clients without mechanical parts) with two flat screens. Thus schematic and layout can be viewed concurrently. Simulations are done on powerful servers, which run Linux. The operation of the servers is ensured by means of an uninterruptible power supply.

  • 128 Intel Xeon CPU-Cores from 2.2 to 3.4 GHz
  • 1.8 TB RAM
  • 25 TB SSD capacity
  • 10 Gbit/s Links between file- and computing servers
  • Uninterruptible power supply

Softwaretools for IC-, FPGA-Design and Simulation

  • Cadence - Virtuoso, Assura, QRC, PVS, Encounter
  • Mentor - Calibre, HDL-Designer, ModelSim
  • Synopsys - StarRC, Design Compiler
  • Keysight - ADS
  • Xilinx - ISE, Vivado
  • MathWorks - Matlab, Simulink


This image shows Thomas Veigel

Thomas Veigel


Research staff member

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