Integrated Circuit Design

Integrated circuit design, or IC design, is a subset of electronics engineering, encompassing the particular logic and circuit design techniques required to design integrated circuits, or ICs. ICs consist of miniaturized electronic components built into an electrical network on a monolithic semiconductor substrate by photolithography.

IC design can be divided into the broad categories of digital and analog IC design. Digital IC design is to produce components such as microprocessors, FPGAs, memories (RAM, ROM, and flash) and digital ASICs. Digital design focuses on logical correctness, maximizing circuit density, and placing circuits so that clock and timing signals are routed efficiently. Analog IC design also has specializations in power IC design and RF IC design. Analog IC design is used in the design of op-amps, linear regulators, phase locked loops, oscillators and active filters. Analog design is more concerned with the physics of the semiconductor devices such as gain, matching, power dissipation, and resistance. Fidelity of analog signal amplification and filtering is usually critical and as a result, analog ICs use larger area active devices than digital designs and are usually less dense in circuitry.

Modern ICs are enormously complicated. An average desktop computer chip, as of 2015, has over 1 billion transistors. The rules for what can and cannot be manufactured are also extremely complex. Common IC processes of 2015 have more than 500 rules. Furthermore, since the manufacturing process itself is not completely predictable, designers must account for its statistical nature. The complexity of modern IC design, as well as market pressure to produce designs rapidly, has led to the extensive use of automated design tools in the IC design process. In short, the design of an IC using EDA software is the design, test, and verification of the instructions that the IC is to carry out.

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Scholarships for Integrated Circuit Design Majors

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African American Leadership Society STEM Scholarship

United Way of South Hampton Roads

Up to $10,000 November 30, 2021 See Details
 

African American Leadership Society STEM Scholarship

United Way of South Hampton Roads

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Up to $10,000

deadline

November 30, 2021
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ASHRAE Region III Setty Family Foundation Scholarship

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AC Engineers (ASHRAE)

$3,000 December 01, 2021 See Details
 

ASHRAE Region III Setty Family Foundation Scholarship

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AC Engineers (ASHRAE)

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$3,000

deadline

December 01, 2021
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Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship

Horatio Alger Association

Up to $2,500 Varies See Details
 

Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship

Horatio Alger Association

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Up to $2,500

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PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

PixelPlex

$2,000 December 05, 2021 See Details
 

PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

PixelPlex

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$2,000

deadline

December 05, 2021
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HotelPlanner.com Graduate Technology Scholarship For Military Veterans

HotelPlanner

$1,000 December 15, 2021 See Details
 

HotelPlanner.com Graduate Technology Scholarship For Military Veterans

HotelPlanner

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$1,000

deadline

December 15, 2021
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Women in STEM Study.com Scholarship

Study.com

$500 April 01, 2022 See Details
 

Women in STEM Study.com Scholarship

Study.com

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$500

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April 01, 2022
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Women in Engineering Study.com Scholarship

Study.com

$500 April 01, 2022 See Details
 

Women in Engineering Study.com Scholarship

Study.com

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$500

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April 01, 2022
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Certification Scholarship Program

Ohio County Community Foundation

Up to $300 December 27, 2021 See Details
 

Certification Scholarship Program

Ohio County Community Foundation

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Up to $300

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December 27, 2021
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Posse STEM Program

The Posse Foundation, Inc.

100% of tuition Varies See Details
 

Posse STEM Program

The Posse Foundation, Inc.

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100% of tuition

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Science Ambassador Scholarship

Cards Against Humanity

100% of tuition December 13, 2021 See Details
 

Science Ambassador Scholarship

Cards Against Humanity

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100% of tuition

deadline

December 13, 2021
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