Computer-Aided Design and Test

David Yeh, Director

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) thrust 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 three subthrusts:


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.

CADT Metrics

  1. Current

    25 Research Tasks
    16 Universities
    31 Students
    25 Faculty Researchers
    84 Liaison Personnel
  2. This Year

    3 Task Starts
    32 Research Publications
  3. Last Year

    12 Task Starts
    271 Research Publications
    4 Patent Applications
  4. Since Inception

    80 Research Tasks
    39 Universities
    213 Students
    74 Faculty Researchers
    276 Liaison Personnel
    1,087 Research Publications
    8 Patent Applications
Updated: 26-Mar-2017, 12:05 a.m. ET