- About Us
- Current Students
Cadence software is in use at Queen's University, mainly in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
ELEC-853 Silicon RF and Microwave Circuits
Very High Speed Silicon Circuits Group
Very High Speed Silicon Circuits is a research group within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen's University, led by Dr. Brian Frank. It is part of the Very High Speed Circuits Group.
Current projects in the group fall into three areas:
- Wireless front-end component design (e.g. low noise amplifiers, mixers, voltage-controlled oscillators)
- Integrated antennas on silicon
- CMOS circuits for photonic systems
The Very High Speed Circuits Group is composed of researchers interested in issues related to lightwave and wireless technology and its impact on modern telecommunications systems, including the development of software and hardware for the implementation of large high speed electronic systems on Si, GaAs, and InP. Cadence is used extensively in the layout of all the circuits.
We are conducting research in gigahertz-range analog integrated circuits for ultra wideband communications and radar systems, neurological rehabilitation, and automotive applications. We have pioneered the development of fully-differential microwave CMOS operational transconductance amplifiers (OTA's) with bandwidths exceeding 10 GHz and we have used these OTA's to create microwave tunable phase shifters, tunable active filters, and quasi-circulators with exceptionally small size and low power consumption. We have on-going work on advanced CMOS mixers for upconversion and downconversion, frequency multipliers, and very-high data-rate QPSK and 16-QAM direct-digital modulators. Recently we demonstrated a new, 2.4 GHz direct-digital, phase shift-keying demodulator using an anti-parallel dual phase-locked loop (PLL) mechanism that uses noticeably less circuitry than standard PSK demodulators.
Cadence introduction for ELEC853
The following help files created for the ELEC451 Integrated Circuit Engineering course serve as useful introductions to using the Cadence Design System
- Using the Cadence Design System
- Using Cadence's Virtuoso Composer Tool
- Using Cadence's Affirma Analog Artist Tool
- Using Cadence's Virtuoso Layout Tool
- Getting Started CAD tutorial
Disclaimer: Information is provided "as is" without warranty or guarantee of any kind. No statement is made and no attempt has been made to examine the information, either with respect to operability, origin, authorship, or otherwise.
Please use this information at your own risk and any attempt to use this information is at your own risk we recommend using it on a copy of your data to be sure you understand what it does and under your conditions. Keep your master intact until you are personally satisfied with the use of this information within your environment.
"Cadence is a trademark of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., 555 River Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA 95134."
Last updated May 09, 2012
Copyright © 1999-2009, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Maintained by Kendra Pople-Easton - eceweb [at] queensu.ca