University of Michigan, Rutgers University Take Top Honors in Mentor Graphics VLSI Design Contest
Wilsonville, OR--December 16, 1996--Engineering students from Rutgers University and the University of Michigan took first place honors and $5,000 in prize money in the 1996 Student VLSI Design Contest. This year's competition was sponsored by Advanced Micro Devices, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, and Mentor Graphics, which established the contest in 1994. Judges for the contest included representatives from Electronic Design magazine and Motorola.
University of Michigan graduate students Phiroze Parakh and Todd Basso won the experienced category with a design titled "A High-Speed CGaAs using Domino Logic." The primary focus of this work has been to evaluate the capabilities of Domino Logic in Motorola's 0.5m CGaAs technology.
Rutgers University students Madhu K. Iyer and G. Parthasarathy won the novice category with a design titled "Design of a Branch Prediction Controller Chip." Their project deals with the design and implementation of a hardware solution to the Brand Prediction problem in deeply pipelined processors.
All of the contest design teams used Mentor Graphics integrated circuit software for layout. The University of Michigan design was completed using IC Station. The Rutgers University design was done with GDT Designer.
Twenty-seven entries were submitted for this year's contest. The award winners, listed in order for each category, were:
1. University of Michigan
2. University of Michigan
3. University of Michigan
4. University of Michigan
5. Colorado State University
1. Rutgers University
2. Oregon State University
3. University of Minnesota
4. University of Minnesota
5. Harvard University
Mentor Graphics' Higher Education Program (HEP) was founded in 1985 to provide colleges and universities with products and services to teach electronic design automation at the university level. The program is designed to develop long-term relationships with top engineering colleges and universities to ensure that engineering graduates enter the industry proficient with state-of-the-art tools and techniques. Mentor Graphics has partnerships with more than 300 colleges and universities worldwide, including eight of the top ten engineering schools in the United States.
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