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Cadence Design Contest 2012 

Announcing the launch of the Cadence Design Contest 2012!

Deadline to submit: Friday 20th April 2012

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There will be two categories for which prizes will be given. A winner will be chosen in both these categories:
1. Full time B.E / B.Tech students
2. Full time M.E. / M.Tech students

Design requirements
Submissions for both categories should be in either Analog, Digital or Board Design and can be in either of the following 2 design areas:
  • Operational chip design - designs have been implemented and tested
  • Conceptual design - need not have been implemented but must have been thoroughly simulated and must include a test plan
Evaluation Criteria
Submissions are judged by an Expert Committee comprising of representatives from the industry and Cadence experts on pre-defined criteria including:
  • Inventiveness
  • Complexity and feasibility of project
  • Breadth of Design
  • Effective Use of Cadence technologies
  • Presentation and clarity of communication
Mentor guidance
On qualifying for the 2nd round, the submitters will be provided with guidance from industry experts, which will help them to prepare their project better to qualify for the final round.

Call for papers open 20th Feb 2012
Call for papers closed 20th April 2012
Submitters informed - 1st round 8th June 2012
Papers due from submitters - 2nd round 20th July 2012
Submitters informed - 2nd round 28th Aug 2012
Top teams final live presentation September 2012
Winner announced September 2012

How to submit
  • Click on the “Submit Now” link at the end of this page to go to the Registration Form.
  • Fill in the Registration Form. Once you click “Submit” at the end of the page you will get a link to download the Abstract Submission Form.
  • Download and save the Form.
  • All mandatory fields of the Abstract Submission Form must be filled in full. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
  • Please email your Abstract Submission Form in Word format ONLY (no PDFs) to Cadence Design Contest India (
  • Abstract must be a maximum of 350 words – around 1 ½ pages.
Contest Rules
  • The University / Institute must be enrolled as part of the Cadence University Program at the time of submitting the abstract for the Contest.
  • Maximum of 4 students per submission.
  • The design work submission must have taken place as part of the students' course or research work at the university / institute, and must have been completed within 12 months prior to the submission deadline.
  • All designs must use predominantly Cadence technology.
  • Diagrams are allowed.
  • Abstract must provide high level specs / framework with measurable parameters that demonstrate the project's uniqueness, such as:
    • The intended product / application (specify domains where this will be valuable)
    • Enhanced low power consumption (capability to run off battery power for longer)
    • Increased performance (increase of throughput and time saving achieved)
    • Newer functionality introduced
    • Verifications frameworks used
  • Abstract must clearly describe how Cadence tools helped in the design analysis, decisions and debugging.
  • Abstract must quantify the completeness of the implementation vs original specifications of the project/design work. Gaps in implementation must be identified and their impact to the original intent of the project / design work must be evaluated.
Some project titles from previous Cadence Design Contests:
  • Bachelor's category:
    • Design and Analog VLSI Implementation of Neural Architecture
    • Design and Implementation of a High Speed Power Efficient Hybrid Mode Sense Amplifier for SRAM Applications
    • Implementation of a Low Power, Area Efficient Health Analyzer, HealthComm
  • Master's category:
    • Novel High-Performance ROM-less DDFS for Software Defined radio
    • A 2.4 GHz Ultra Low Power, Ultra Low Voltage Low Noise Amplifier Design
    • Scalable Constant Resistance, Transconductance, GM/C and their Applications
Deadline to submit: Friday 20th April 2012

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