Cadence Academic Network


Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

Cadence University Program Member

The Cadence Academic Network was launched in 2007 by Cadence EMEA. The aim is to promote the proliferation of leading-edge technologies and methodologies at universities renowned for their engineering and design excellence. A knowledge network among selected universities, research institutes, industry advisors and Cadence was established to facilitate the sharing of technology expertise in the areas of verification, design and implementation of microelectronic systems. The Cadence Academic Network, therefore, significantly support and improve the universities activities.

The Academic Network became an integral part of CDNLive! where universities and industry members are offered a knowledge exchange platform in order to demonstrate scientific achievements, present ideas and establish further collaborations.

The Cadence Academic Network manages a page for discussion and opportunities on LinkedIn, and information can also be found on the Cadence Academic Network webpage​. On LinkedIn, the groups are moderated by the lead institutions of the Academic Network, ensuring a constant flow of reviewed information relevant to academia.

DERFAIC & Cadence Academic Network

The DERFAIC group has joined the Cadence Academic Network in May 2010 and quickly become an active member of the network in the areas of Analog Mixed-Signal Design and Wireless Radio Design. Thanks to support from Cadence we are now able to provide state-of-art IC design tools and design methodologies to the researches and students involved in our activities. Also, we have access to a wealth of information and support from the many universities members of the Cadence Academic Network.


Cadence technology used in teaching activities

Course: Integrated Circuits for Wired and Wireless Communications

Master students attending the course “Integrated Circuits for Wired and Wireless Communications” are introduced the suite of Custom IC design tools  (Analog Design Environment, Virtuoso, Assura). They use these tools to complete a mandatory student project, which involved the design and verification of key blocks and Sections within wired and wireless transceivers, such as: Frequency Synthesizers; RF or Base-Band signal path within radio receivers, USB2.0 TX driver.

Course: Digital System Design using HDL Tools

During this academic year, the curricula of the course “Digital System Design using HDL Tools”, attended by 2nd year students of the Master program “Integrated Circuits and Systems” will be changed in order to include system-level design as well as circuit synthesis and verification, performed with Cadence’s Digital IC tools  such as Encounter_C and Incisive.

To support this activity we have organized a network of dedicated servers running Cadence software, which allows easy access to Cadence IC design tools to registered users within the University domain. 

Cadence technology used in research

Cadence IC design tools are used extensively by staff members and postgraduate students for academic research within the Derfaic research group, as well as the entire department. Several postgraduate students from our group have attended courses and training sessions organized by Cadence. The research areas include:

  • Optimized design of analog and digital circuits & systems
  • Power Management ICs
  • Reconfigurable and programmable analog circuits
  • Frequency Synthesizers

Papers presented at CDNLive EMEA Conference since 2011

2013 M. Neag, R. Onet, C. Dan, M. Bodea, G. Dima, L. Goras, N. Cojan, N. Patache, A. Cracan,  “ARPIC – An Academic Platform for IC Development
2012 I. Kovács, M. Neag, P. Farago, “Circuit optimization loop by using OrCad and Matlab”
R. Onet, M. Neag, I. Kovács, A. Rusu, S. Rodriguez, “Cooperation Between Two Members of the Cadence Academic Network – A Case Study”
2011 M. Neag, I. Kovacs, R. Oneţ, Marina Ţopa – “Systematic Design of OpAmps by  Using Cadence ADE GXL” - Winner of the Best Paper Award for the Academic Track

Person responsible for relation with Cadence Academic Network

Assoc. Prof. Marius Neag

Mail: Technical University of Cluj-Napoca Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology
Basis of Electronics Department

26-28 G. Baritiu St, Rooms B2/362/357 Cluj-Napoca Romania

Tel: +40 264 401470

Fax: +40 264 591689


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