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Computers and Networking
NPU Networks provide a wide range of computing and networking services to students, faculty members, and staff. NPU Computing and Networking Services (NPU CNS) is the organization responsible for providing all computing and networking infrastructure, enterprise application services and support, instructional and electronic engineering lab operations, research group server administration and management, and user desktop support for all NPU users.
Our mission of NPU CNS is to provide computing and networking services in support of NPU's instructional and research goals, thus enabling a state-of-the-art, fully integrated and available technical infrastructure, with a proactive, rapid, knowledgeable, and helpful front-end for the needs of our students, staff, researchers, and faculty clientele.
Cadence University Program at Northwestern Polytechnic University
Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) has been a member of the Cadence University Program since 1997. Cadence Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools have been used extensively by the NPU engineering faculty and students for teaching and learning purposes, particularly in VLSI, Logic Design, Logic Synthesis, and ASIC/FPGA design courses as well as in various research projects. Tools such as NC Verilog simulator, SOC Encounter, Spectre Circuit simulator and Virtuoso layout editor are among the most popular tools used. The Cadence EDA tools are installed on the NPU Unix network system with floating licenses. Students access these tools either directly on the Sun or Linux workstations or through Windows Based PCs with X-windows servers in the classrooms, EE laboratories, and the engineering library.
To better prepare students for future job opportunities in the high-tech industry, the electrical engineering department at NPU has successfully integrated the EDA tools, such as those from Cadence Design Systems, into the engineering curriculum. All classrooms for EE instruction are equipped with computers having access to the full suite of EDA tools at NPU.
The following is a partial list of courses that utilize Cadence Tools:
- EE461 Verilog HDL & Digital Design
- EE505 VLSI Design I: Rules & Methodologies
- EE506 VLSI Design II: Standard Cell/Datapath
- EE508 VLSI Design III: Place & Route
- EE510 Logic Synthesis
- EE512 ASIC Design
The custom IC design courses at NPU utilize Virtuoso schematic, Virtuoso layout and Spectre from Cadence Custom IC and Verification bundles. The Semi-custom IC design courses utilize Verilog XL, SoC encounter and RTL Compiler from Cadence Digitial IC tool bundles.
Get more information on the Synopsis University Program for NPU here!