MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DESIGN
The international Master of Science in Integrated Circuit Design which is jointly offered by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich, TUM) aims to educate the next generation of engineers and entrepreneurial leaders for the fast moving semiconductor industry. Changes in integrated circuits (ICs) technology have had a huge impact on our day to day life. Incredible technological advances over the last 50 years enable us to integrate billions of transistors on a single integrated circuit. At the same time the cost of a single transistor has decreased exponentially. The result is that every day, new attractive applications for the use of ICs open up, enabling the semiconductor industry to grow much faster than the overall economy. However, the semiconductor industry’s capability to make intelligent use of all these transistors in designing successful products has not kept pace with the manufacturing capabilities. The electronics and semiconductor industries are therefore constantly looking for well-educated integrated circuit design engineers.
The 2-year full-time Master programme includes content that ranges from analog, digital and mixed-circuit design over architectural concepts for integrated circuits to design methodology and automation. Product manufacturing and testing are also addressed. Integrated circuit design is also placed in a broader context, by teaching fundamental concepts of signal processing which are at the core of today’s communications circuits. Students will also be taught essential non-technical topics such as product marketing, international management, patent law and aspects of culture and globalization. This will be mainly done by highly qualified lecturers from the industry.
Upon the successful completion of the programme, the student will be awarded a joint Masters degree from NTU and TUM.
“This programme is designed to equip us with solid theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience to be a successful IC Design Engineer in this competitive semiconductor industry.”
Douglas Chin Yi Ren (Graduate, MSc in Integrated Circuit Design)
DEGREE/FH DIPLOMA* REQUIREMENTS
In order to be eligible for the programme, you must have at least a Bachelor Degree** (completed in at least three years, depending on factors such as the rest of your education background) in Electrical/ Electronics Engineering or in a closely related discipline with remarkable results.
*If you meet the requirements for admissions, please refer to this page (Click on “Required Documents”) for the List of Required Documents for application to our Master of Science programmes.
**Academic requirements may differ for different countries of study. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify your requirements.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS
As the Master of Science programme’s instruction medium is English, the applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language.
Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is not English must submit at least one of the following:
SPECIAL CRITERIA (China, Vietnam & Mongolia)
Additionally, an Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) certificate is required for applicants with education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. The APS certificate is compulsory if your Bachelor studies was completed in a Chinese, Vietnamese or Mongolian university, irregardless of nationality.
For example, a Singapore citizen who completed his entire undergraduate studies in a Chinese university, and holds a Chinese degree, must sit for the APS test and pass it in order to qualify for admissions to a German university.
If you are making any application to a German university (including the TUM degrees at TUM Asia), the APS certificate is required for all education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. If you need more information, please contact our team.
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IMPORTANT: The provided information is accurate as of AY2223 intake and is subject to change.
The teaching faculty in the programme are predominately from TUM and NTU, as well as additional modules taught by industry leaders and other expert academics.
Single yearly intake, with course commencement in August every year.
COURSEWORK & STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO
All coursework are conducted in English and students will be taught by German and Singaporean lecturers. Student-teacher ratio averages between 20:1 to 35:1. Only live teaching is conducted in all TUM Asia classes. All examinations will be written by the student him/herself, and examination results are released approximately 1-3 months after the examination.
The Master of Science in Integrated Circuit Design degree is a 2-year full-time programme. Students must complete their coursework, 3-month internship and 6-month of Master Thesis writing to qualify for graduation.
In order for a student to graduate, he/she must obtain a minimum overall CAP score of 4,0 or below and CGPA score of 2.50 or above. An academic warning will be issued to students if their CGPA score falls below 2.50. There is also a risk of candidature termination for failure in any modules if overall CGPA score falls below 2.50. A student will successfully complete his/her degree course in the n+2 year, n being the year of enrolment and assuming the circumstances that the student will not have any failed modules that he/she is required to retake. For example, if a student is enrolled in August 2017, he/she is likely to complete the course by August 2019, subject to the fulfilment of the graduation criteria.
Each module carries 3 AUs (academic units) and 6 ECTS-credits
Introduction to Cadence design tools. CMOS high speed analog circuits, HF charakteristics of CMOS Transistors and integrated passive elements, low noise amplifier, mixer, VCO, prescaler, power amplifier, transceiver as complete system.
An overview and a fundamental analysis of the building blocks of a Power Management ASIC (PMU) and their usage in the system is given.
Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Yvonne Lam / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
Synchronous digital circuit concept; description of sequential and combinational logic cells; basic components of digital circuits; state machines; simulation; synthesis, static timing analysis; implementation and test.
Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Gwee Bah Hwee / Assoc. Prof. Lim Meng Hiot / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1
Each module carries 3 AUs (academic units) and 5 ECTS-credits
Review of Integrated Circuit Fundamentals. Layout and Design Issues. CMOS Circuit designs. Low Power Design. BiCMOS Digital Circuits. Sub-System Design in Digital Circuits. Design Methodologies.
Lecturers: Assoc Prof Goh Wang Ling, Prof Yeo Kiat Seng & Assoc Prof Chang Chip Hong / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1
Review of fundamentals. Noise. Modeling. Analog Building Blocks. Components Layout. Switched Capacitor Circuits. Current Mode Circuits. Transconductor. Auto-tunning. Gm-C and MOSFET-C Filters. Continuous-Time Filters. Switch Current Circuits. Class D Amplifiers.
Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Siek Liter / Dr. Ji-Jon Sit / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1
Basics of CMOS integrated circuits from a system´s perspective
– From MOSFET transistor to realization of combinatorial/sequential logic, Finite State Machines (FSM), SRAM, DRAM, FLASH, FPGA, CPU core building blocks
– Packaging and i/o technology
– System modeling
– Projection of IC technology scaling and implementation alternatives
– Moore´s law and what it will mean for different IC technologies today an in the future
Investigation of the role and applicability of IC technology blocks in state-of-the-art VLSI products from various vendors in form of case studies:
– Ethernet LAN MACs and Switches
– Control Point Processors and Communication Controllers
– Network Processors
– Backplane and SAN (System Area Network) Switches
– SONET/SDH transport framers and digital cross connects
Lecturers: Prof Dr. Andreas Herkersdorf / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1
Computer-aided design of primarily digital integrated circuits. VLSI design flow. Overview of system level, algorithmic level, register transfer level, logic level, circuit level VLSI design methods. Focus on: logic synthesis, digital simulation, test. Techniques from discrete mathematics and computer science. Emphasis is placed on techniques that are applicable to very complex, industrially relevant circuits.
i) Introduction to Semiconductors and Design Flow (2hrs)
ii) Representation of digital circuits by Boolean functions (2 dim, 3 dim, general) (5hrs)
iii) Optimization of combinatorial two-level digital circuits: Quine-McCluyskey; Karnaugh diagram; cube graph; resolution method; combinatorial optimization (cofactor, Boole’s expansion); BDDs (8hrs)
iv) Optimization of multi-level, multi-output, incompletely specified Boolean functions: Sharing of logic; finding common cubes; utilizing “don’t cares”; functional decomposition (6hrs)
v) Optimization of sequential circuits: Representation of sequential circuits by FSMs; optimization of FSMs; binary coding of FSMs (3hrs)
vi) Fundamental introduction to digital simulation concepts and VHDL (3hrs)
vii) Testing of digital circuits: Introduction to testing; Fault tables; Boolean difference; structure-oriented computation of Boolean difference; fault simulation; fault trees; D-Algorithm; testing of sequential circuits; Design for testability (18hrs)
Lecturers: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulf Schlichtmann / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1
Introduction. Discrete Fourier transform (DFT) and fast Fourier transform (FFT). Z transform. Digital filters. Linear prediction and optimum linear filters. Power spectrum estimation.
Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Zheng Yuanjin / Assoc. Prof. Lin Zhiping / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1
Lecturers: Prof. Ralf Brederlow / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
Plastic Packaging Materials. Manufacturing Processes for Plastic Encapsulated Microelectronics. State-of-the-art Packaging Techniques. Failure Mechanisms, Sites, and Modes. Qualification Process. Accelerated Testing for Packaging. Effects of Packaging on the Electrical Performance. Future Trends and Challenges in Packaging.
Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Tan Chuan Seng / Hours: 80 / Semester: 2
Each module carries 3 AUs (academic units) and 5 ECTS-credits
System Design Considerations. CMOS RF Components and Devices. Low-noise amplifier (LNA); Mixers; Voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs). RF power amplifiers. Phase-locked Loops and Frequency Synthesizers.
Lecturers: Prof Zhang Yue Ping / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1
Trends in the IC industry: Technology and manufacturing trends, Demand applications and product trends. Market Characteristics: The customers, Business cycles, Demand lead and supply lag (the bull-whip effect), IC Industry, supply and value chain, stakeholders, Geographical distribution of excellence centers, Technology centers, design centers, fabrication centers, The dis-integration of the value chain, outsourcing trends. Managing the marketing function: The sources of product ideas, The role of standards, formats, and intellectual property. Strategic partnership, distributorship, Demand forecast, matching supply with demand.
Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Lim Meng Hiot / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
Historical development of mainstream MOSFETs until today; economical, technological and physical fundamentals; properties of long channel and short channel MOSFETs, hot carrier effects; short channel effects, scaling rules; basics of charge carrier transport (quantum mechanical, hydro dynamics, ballistics); proposed new MOSFET structures (strain engineering, metal-gate, high-k, vertical MOSFETs, double gate MOSFETs); hot electron transistors; tunneling transistors; low dimensional devices; single electron transistor, single electron memories, quantum electronics.
Lecturers: Dr.-Ing. Josef Biba / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
Low dimensional structures: quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum dots. Electronic, optical, transport properties of nanostructures. Quantum semiconductor devices. Fabrication and characterization techniques of nanotechnology. Applications of nanostructures, nanodevices and nanosystems. The bottom-up approach to nanotechnology: introduction to molecular electronics and optoelectronics. Organic materials for electronics: self-assembled monolayers; conducting polymers; carbon nanotubes. Circuit implementations and architectures for nanostructures: quantum cellular automata and cellular nonlinear networks. Introduction to quantum computing.
Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
Fault Models and Testability concepts. Test Generation and Fault Simulation Algorithms. Shift-register polynomial division. Pseudo-random sequence generators. Special purpose shift register circuits. Random pattern BIST. Build-in boundary scan structure. Limitations and other concerns of random pattern test. Test techniques for automatic test equipment.
Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Kim Tae Hyoung / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
The Lecture covers the topics:
– Basics of embedded processor architectures
– Bus and memory architectures
– Performance/Timing analysis of embedded systems
– Models for real-time systems
– Principles of embedded software development,
– Basic real-time programming language concepts (e.g. Esterel)
– Real-time operating systems
– Power management
– Design space exploration
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Sc. Samarjit Chakraborty / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
Principles of circuit simulation: DC/AC/TR analysis. Basic analog optimization tasks: worst-case analysis, yield analysis, nominal design, design centering. Basic principles of optimization: optimality conditions, line search, Nelder-Mead method, Newton approach, Conjugate Gradient approach, Quadratic Programming, Sequential Quadratic Programming. Structural analysis of analog circuits.
Application of a commercial analog optimization tool (WiCkeD) to an analog design example.
i) Circuit Simulation (5 hrs)
DC analysis; AC analysis, Newton-Raphson; TR analysis, numerical integration; modified nodal analysis, linearized and discretized circuit model.
ii) Worst-Case Analysis (10 hrs)
Lagrange function, optimality conditions (constrained, unconstrained); classical worst-case analysis, realistic worst-case analysis, general worst-case analysis.
iii) Yield Analysis (10 hrs)
Multivariate statistical distribution, transformation of distribution functions, expectation values, estimation of expectation values; statistical yield analysis, geometric yield analysis, Monte-Carlo analysis.
iv) Circuit Sizing (5hrs)
Design objectives and derivatives, nominal design, tolerance design; yield optimization; design centering; structure of an optimization process.
v) Basics of numerical optimization (10 hrs)
Univariate optimization, line search, multivariate optimization, polytope method, coordinate search; Newton approach (Quasi-Newton, Levenberg-Marquardt, Least-Squares, Conjugate Gradient; Quadratic Programming (equality/inequality constraints), Sequential Quadratic Programming (SQP).
vi) Structural Analysis of Analog Circuits (5 hrs)
Hierarchical analog building block library, sizing rules.
Lecturers: Apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Helmut Gräb / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
Each module carries 5 ECTS-credits
The module covers the following topics: the Organizational forms of enterprises – financing instruments (equity financing, internal and external financing) – methods of capital budgeting (cost analysis, net present value analysis, internal rate of return analysis) – corporate valuation procedures (discounted cash flow analysis, multiple valuation) – methods and requirements of internal and external accounting (national and international accounting standards, origin and allocation of costs) – human resource management (forms of organizing, history of organizational research, human resource theories, motivational theories).
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Christoph Kaserer/ Prof. Dr. Isabel Welpe/ Hours: 45 / Semester: 1
The module covers the following topics:
– Principles of marketing
– Marketing strategy and environment
– Creating customer value, satisfaction, and loyalty
– Information management and market research
– Analysing consumer and business markets
– Competition and differentiation from competitors
– Segmenting, targeting, and positioning
– Creating and managing products and services, brand management
– Marketing communications, marketing channels, and service P’s.
Students will work out, in teams, business cases, make their own business decisions and develop marketing concepts based on provided information of a real case study.
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Christian Braun/ Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
The module covers the following topics:
1. Innovation vs. invention
2. Creating value through innovation
3. Four forces of innovation
4. Value to the customer and Hi-Tech Marketing
5. Business system innovation and Service innovations
6. Technological discontinuities, S-Curves and Scenario techniques
7. Managing uncertainty and agility of enterprises
8. Innovation, productivity and restructuring
9. Venture capital, Start-ups and financing of innovation
10. Innovation-driven economic cycles and Innovation impact on growth and jobs
The lecture presents the dynamics of technological development through innovation and the related management issues, the difference between creating a new product (invention) and improving an existing product/idea (innovation), Start-ups and financing of innovation, Innovation-driven economic cycles and Innovation impact on growth and jobs. This course is useful for students who plan to take up careers in manufacturing and service companies or in R&D organizations that make significant use of research and technology to build their portfolio.
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Edward Krubasik/ Hours: 45 / Semester: 1
This module will give a brief introduction to intellectual property rights and focus on insights into general principles of patent law and international conventions governing the patent law. Current developments and criticism of the current patent law system will also be addressed. In addition, practical (legal) aspects of the commercialization of patents will be dealt with.
Lecturers: Dr. Marian Majer/Attorney Bayani Loste/ Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
The module will provide insights into the core elements of Industry 4.0 such as: introduction to Cyber-Physical System, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies, information collection with intelligent sensors, industrial networking to connect the machines and processes together, Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for order management, production control and value adding to the complete supply chain management.
Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBA
Manufacturers are confronted with special requirements of their production processes. Cycles, by-products, batches and campaigns are difficult to handle by nowadays ERP software packages (ERP = Enterprise Resource Planning). Concepts of material requirements planning, supply chain management (SCM) combined with basics in cost accounting will be explained. As a highlight a simulation model, based on modern simulation software, will be used by students to simulate production planning and achieve the ‘best’ production plan.
The module covers the following topics:
Part A: Overview
Part B: Industries – Chemical, Plastics and PVC
Part C: The World of PVC
Part D: Production Planning – Introduction
Part E: Production Planning Process
Part F: Procurement Process
Part G: SAP & Enterprise Resource Planning
Part H: Simulation Theory and Simulation Models
Lecturers: Dr. Hanns Zeltinger/ Hours: 45 / Semester: 2
ECTS Credits: 18
ECTS Credits: 30
*Disclaimer: Modules available for selection are subject to availability. Unforeseen circumstances that affect the availability of the module include an insufficient number of students taking up the module and/or the unavailability of the professor. TUM Asia reserves the right to cancel or postpone the module under such circumstances.
After two semesters of coursework, all students have to complete a three-month internship with the industry or with an academic institution. It is required for the student to complete an internship related to his or her field of study at TUM Asia.
One can secure an internship in Singapore, Germany, or in any other country in Asia, Europe or the rest of the world. Students who have secured a scholarship with their sponsoring company will undergo their internship in the company (this can be conducted in any branch of the company worldwide). Students without an industrial sponsorship are to look for internships independently and it is expected that all students take an active approach about it. TUM Asia will assist to provide students with any possible internship opportunities, but students are to lead the search for internships themselves.
The 6-month long thesis work is the culmination of graduate work and an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that students have acquired through course work and research assistant-ships. Through this guided learning experience, students work in collaboration with industry partners or other researchers on a project of mutual interest and may in some cases publish manuscripts resulting from the thesis.
The thesis should be practical-based. Theoretical frameworks or conceptual models may (and should in many cases) guide the research questions. A strictly theoretical paper is not acceptable for a master’s thesis.
Since the timeline for one’s Master studies is quite short, it is important to start exploring and discussing possible thesis topics as early as possible, recommended to be no later than the end of the first term.
After deciding if the thesis project will be carried out in the industry or an university, the student has to find an university supervisor. Professors or the TUM Asia staff will assist the student in finding the right supervisor depending on the programme, but the ownership of the search is still on the student himself or herself. The supervising professor will be a teaching lecturer from the TUM Asia Master programme.
For the completion of the thesis project, the student will have to prepare a written thesis that will be rated by the university supervisor together with (if applicable) the industrial supervisor.
The purpose of the internship is to provide a structured and supervised work experience, in application to the theory work learnt. It is also a platform to develop soft-skills not learnt in the classroom setting and this will help the students to gain job-related skills and achieve their desired career goals.
There will be an informative briefing session conducted for all students to equip them with the necessary knowledge regarding internship and thesis guidelines of TUM Asia. This briefing will be held during the first semester of your studies at TUM Asia.
The total tuition fees for this Master programme for the upcoming intake is S$42,800*.
The tuition fees are to be paid in three instalments as indicated in the table below.
|Registration Fee||1st Instalment||2nd Instalment||3rd Instalment||Total*|
|Deadline for payment||Upon acceptance of offer||1 July||1 December||1 July
(of the next year)
|Amount* (expressed in Singapore Dollar)||S$ 3,210.00||S$ 13,196.67||S$ 13,196.67||S$ 13,196.67||S$ 42,800.00|
* Note: Tuition fees are subject to revision at the discretion of TUM Asia.
*All fees quoted are in Singapore dollars and are subject to the prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate imposed under the Singapore GST Act. Final tuition fees are also subject to revision due to change in GST rate and students will be billed accordingly. From 1 January 2023, fees will be adjusted to take in GST rate at 8%.
IMPORTANT: The provided information is accurate as of AY2223 intake and is subject to change. Students from previous intakes should not refer to the total fee stated on this webpage as their reference.
*For no. 2 to 4, the fees are payable to the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Note: Fees are subject to revision. All prices stated above are inclusive of 7% GST.
The respective amounts and payment instructions will be provided in the Student Agreement to all successful applicants.