Reaching new application areas

For about five decades, integrated circuits (IC, microchips) have now been the key technologies for electronic systems in many application areas, ranging from data processing to telecommunication and automobile electronics. In this domain, an unprecedented development has taken place from the assembly of the first planar ICs with two transistors in the year 1961 to today’s integrated processor components with up to a billion transistors on a single chip.

New challenges in designing integrated systems and circuits

An ending of this development is not yet foreseeable and Very Deep Submicron (VDSM) fabrication technologies (with structure sizes that are smaller than 14 nm) will offer the possibility to integrate even more complex systems.

These developments are not merely the prerequisite for even more reliable and cost-efficient system solutions, yet they will also open up a lot of new application possibilities. Due to the new requirements and especially due to the enormous complexity of such solutions, not only new fabrication technologies have to be developed, but also new challenges in the design of integrated systems and circuits have to be faced. Among these challenges are modeling on different levels of abstraction, system level verification, low-power design, circuit design in new technologies, high frequency circuits, intelligent solutions for power electronics as well as an increase in design efficiency. The master degree program ISCD - Integrated Systems and Circuits Design provides the necessary knowledge to master these challenges.

 

Application deadline

For Winterterm 2021 the following Application Deadlines are opened:
 
I:    01.11.-15.03.2021
II:   16.03.-15.05.2021
III:  16.05.-15.07.2021
IV:  16.07.-30.09.2021

For applicants from outside Europe:
Due to visa and legalization processing we accept applications only from period I & II

Study start

The semester starts on 1st October

Teaching time

Monday – Friday from 16:00

Saturday full-time

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Language of instruction: English

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Level of qualification
Master
ECTS credits
120
Tuition fees
€ 363.36 / semester
Qualification awarded
  • Master of Science in Engineering
Duration of study
4 semester
ÖH (Austrian Student Union) fee
€ 20.20 / semester
Language of instruction
Englisch
FH campus
  • Villach

General Study Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum

Profile of the study program

Applied R&D and cooperations with national and international academic and industrial partners guarantee, that education at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences is up to date and students will be well prepared for their career.

Semesters 1 - 3 offer 70 ECTS of mandatory courses in the fields of integrated systems design and modeling, design methodology, analog and digital circuit design, integration and fabrication technology as well as a mixed-signal project. Semester 3 offers a selection of advanced courses from which 20 ECTS have to be selected.

The practical aspect of this master degree program is emphasized by a project module, spanning semester 1 to 3. Students design an integrated circuit in small teams and implement a testchip. After fabrication, samples of the testchip will be evaluated in the lab using state of the art test equipment.

The master thesis is done in cooperation with industry or at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in semester 4. Work on the thesis is accompanied by regular thesis seminars.

Engineering & IT is an unbelievably fascinating field of applied sciences. This area is characterized mainly by creativity, innovation and design. Engineering & IT is furthermore a rapidly developing area, crucial for the economic development of a region.

The students of the School of Engineering & IT should demonstrate strengths in the following areas:

  • technical understanding,
  • reasoning power,
  • good English, mathematics and computer skills,
  • creativity,
  • enjoyment of innovative developments.

The Bachelor Degree Programs of the CUAS School of Engineering & IT can generally be sought without subject-specific educational background. Lots of interest, commitment and of course the possession of a general university entrance qualification are sufficient.

Graduates of the master degree program Integrated Systems and Circuits Design:

  • have broad knowledge in the design and modelling of highly complex integrated systems;
  • have detailed knowledge of the principle design methodologies for integrated circuits using modern CAD tools;
  • have special knowledge in circuit design of analog, digital and mixed signal integrated circuits using state of the art Very Deep Submicron (VDSM) CMOS fabrication technologies;
  • have knowledge in special elective topics in integrated systems and circuits like RF CMOS design, integrated sensors, smart power technologies, arithmetic circuits or system on chip architectures;
  • have had practical experience in the IC development: all graduates have designed a mixed-signal IC from specification to evaluation of fabricated testchip samples in the lab.

Current courses - Integrated Systems and Circuits Design

LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Advanced Topics in Analog Integrated Circuits ILV 5,0 7,5 M-ISCD-2.01
Computer Aided Design ILV 2,0 3,0 M-ISCD-2.03
Digital Design with HDL ILV 5,0 7,5 M-ISCD-2.04
IC Design and Implementation Group A PT 4,0 5,5 M-ISCD-2.05
IC Design and Implementation Group B PT 4,0 5,5 M-ISCD-2.05
System Modeling and Verification - Digital ILV 3,0 4,5 M-ISCD-2.02
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Master Thesis MT 0,0 24,0 M-ISCD-4.01
Master Thesis - Seminar ILV 4,0 6,0 M-ISCD-4.02
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Basics in Systems and Circuits Theory ILV 2,0 2,5 M-ISCD-1.06
Design of Analog Integrated Circuits ILV 5,0 7,5 M-ISCD-1.04
Design of Digital Integrated Circuits ILV 4,0 6,0 M-ISCD-1.02
Integrated Circuits Technology ILV 2,0 3,0 M-ISCD-1.03
Introduction to Computer Aided Design ILV 4,0 6,0 M-ISCD-1.01
Introduction to Project PT 2,0 3,0 M-ISCD-1.05
Compulsory optional subject: Foreign Language 1TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
German 1 SE 2,0 2,0 M-ISCD-1.07c
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
IC Evaluation PT 1,5 2,5 M-ISCD-3.02
System Modeling and Verification - Analog ILV 2,0 3,0 M-ISCD-3.07
Testing of Integrated Circuits ILV 3,5 4,5 M-ISCD-3.01
Compulsory optional subject: Elective Courses 1TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Analog and Mixed Signal ICs for Communication Systems ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.03
Integrated Data Converters ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.05
Special Topics in VLSI/SoC/SiP Design - 1 ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.06
Compulsory optional subject: Elective Courses 2TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Integrated Sensors for Automotive Applications ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.09
Special Topics in VLSI/SoC/SiP Design - 2 ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.11
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Advanced Topics in Analog Integrated Circuits ILV 5,0 7,5 M-ISCD-2.01
Computer Aided Design ILV 2,0 3,0 M-ISCD-2.03
Digital Design with HDL ILV 5,0 7,5 M-ISCD-2.04
IC Design and Implementation PT 4,0 5,5 M-ISCD-2.05
System Modeling and Verification - Digital ILV 3,0 4,5 M-ISCD-2.02
Compulsory optional subject: Foreign Language 2TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
German SE 2,0 2,0 M-ISCD-2.06c
Italian SE 2,0 2,0 M-ISCD-2.06b
Spanish SE 2,0 2,0 M-ISCD-2.06a
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Master Thesis MT 0,0 24,0 M-ISCD-4.01
Master Thesis - Seminar ILV 4,0 6,0 M-ISCD-4.02
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Basics in Systems and Circuits Theory ILV 2,0 2,5 M-ISCD-1.06
Design of Analog Integrated Circuits ILV 5,0 7,5 M-ISCD-1.04
Design of Digital Integrated Circuits ILV 4,0 6,0 M-ISCD-1.02
Integrated Circuits Technology ILV 2,0 3,0 M-ISCD-1.03
Introduction to Computer Aided Design ILV 4,0 6,0 M-ISCD-1.01
Introduction to Project PT 2,0 3,0 M-ISCD-1.05
Compulsory optional subject: Foreign Language 1TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
German 1 SE 2,0 2,0 M-ISCD-1.07c
Italian 1 SE 2,0 2,0 M-ISCD-1.07b
Spanish 1 SE 2,0 2,0 M-ISCD-1.07a
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
IC Evaluation PT 1,5 2,5 M-ISCD-3.02
System Modeling and Verification - Analog ILV 2,0 3,0 M-ISCD-3.07
Testing of Integrated Circuits ILV 3,5 4,5 M-ISCD-3.01
Compulsory optional subject: Elective Courses 1TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Analog and Mixed Signal ICs for Communication Systems ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.03
Integrated Data Converters ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.05
Special Topics in VLSI/SoC/SiP Design - 1 ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.06
System-on-Chip Architectures ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.04
Compulsory optional subject: Elective Courses 2TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Advanced Topics in Digital Integrated Circuits ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.08
Arithmetic Modules for VLSI/SoC Design ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.10
Integrated Sensors for Automotive Applications ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.09
Smart Power ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.12
Special Topics in VLSI/SoC/SiP Design - 2 ILV 3,5 5,0 M-ISCD-3.11

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Job & Career

ICDS graduates can work as specialists for Austrian as well as international companies in the field of semiconductor industry (foundries, fabless foundries, and engineering companies) as well as for businesses providing system solutions whose products contain highly integrated electronic components.

Their fields of activities include the

  • design
  • modeling
  • verification
  • implementation
  • testing and
  • technical support

of analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits. Their activities also include the application support (e.g. PCB design), as well as test and product engineering.

Several companies working in the field of microelectronics are located in the south of Austria, in or within short distance of Villach. These are, in alphabetical order:

A microelectronic cluster provides a network of companies, r&d as well as educational organisations

The author of this page is not responsible for the contents of any links given here.

The successful completion of the master program in turn qualifies the graduate to undertake a doctorate according to § 6 FHStG (4) (FHStG stands for Fachhochschul Studies Act).

Faculty and Staff - Integrated Systems and Circuits Design

Head of Degree Program Integrated Systems and Circuits Design, Professor of Microelectronics/Analog Design

FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.

 Johannes Sturm
Student Support Services

Mag.a

 Elizabeth Maggauer-Hoffmann
Planning of Schedules and Rooms
Professor of Digital Systems
Professor for Integrated Circuit Design
 Dongning Zhao, Ph.D.
Professor of Interated Circuit Design
Professor of Computer Aided VLSI Designs
Professor

FH-Prof.in Mag.a

 Sabine Spanz
Lecturer/Senior Researcher
Professor of Slovenian

Mag.a

 Katarina Gutownig Fürst
Senior Researcher
 Suchendranath Popuri, MSc
Research Assistant
Project Assistant
 Jagadish VAIBHAV, MSc
Key Researcher

Dr.-Ing.

 Santiago Martin Sondón

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