Computer-Aided Design and Test

Marcus Pan, Program Manager

Computer-aided design and test are critical to extracting the highest performance from each technology node, poised to leverage new technologies—and needed to squeeze even more out of older technologies.


The Computer-Aided Design and Test (CADT) program provides research leadership in electronic design automation by making available to members leading-edge university research results, techniques, and tools for the design and test of advanced electronic circuits and systems.

Its mission is to promote excellent and relevant university research enabling continued member leadership in computer-aided design and test through research in tools and methodologies that:

  • reduce cost and time-to-market through improving productivity and assuring design correctness
  • enable high-level and high-value design
  • take full advantage of technology advances through linkages to manufacturing
  • anticipate future CMOS and post-CMOS CAD challenges
  • address growing design complexity
  • make their way into member use through direct adoption or through EDA vendors

All these goals are leveraged by strategic partnerships and funding sources and aim to produce highly qualified graduate students who can fill key positions in member companies.

Research Focus

Research projects in CADT are organized into four subprograms:


Research in Design Verification includes core verification technologies, system verification, coverage analysis, and mixed-signal verification.


Research in Test includes test for manufacturing and yield, analog/mixed-signal test, and post-silicon validation.


Research in System, Logic, and Physical Design includes design for manufacturing and variability mitigation, resilience and failure-resistance, analog/mixed-signal/RF tools, system-level tools, and tools for power management.

Functional Safety Tools and Techniques

Research in this area includes safe system design tools and techniques, data mining for failure prediction, and design for functional safety.

CADT Metrics

  1. Current

    25 Projects
    16 Universities
    57 Research Scholars
    26 Faculty Researchers
    84 Liaisons
  2. This Year

    1 Project Starts
    192 Research Data
  3. Last Year

    12 Project Starts
    221 Research Data
    3 Patent Applications
  4. Since Inception

    137 Projects
    39 Universities
    355 Research Scholars
    84 Faculty Researchers
    374 Liaisons
    2,459 Research Data
    30 Patent Applications
    12 Patents Granted
Updated: 23-May-2024, 12:05 a.m. ET

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