Integrated Circuit Design Technology/Technician

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 Technology/Technician Majors

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Engineering Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

$20,500 Varies See Details
 

Engineering Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

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$20,500

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SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

award

$10,000

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Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

$10,000 July 31, 2022 See Details
 

Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

award

$10,000

deadline

July 31, 2022
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Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

$5,000 July 31, 2022 See Details
 

Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

award

$5,000

deadline

July 31, 2022
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Bayer Fund STEM Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

$4,400 July 13, 2022 See Details
 

Bayer Fund STEM Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

award

$4,400

deadline

July 13, 2022
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SBB Research STEM Scholarship

SBB Research Group

$2,500 Varies See Details
 

SBB Research STEM Scholarship

SBB Research Group

award

$2,500

deadline

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Soileau Family SPIE Optics and Photonics Undergraduate Scholarship

University of Central Florida

Up to $2,500 July 31, 2022 See Details
 

Soileau Family SPIE Optics and Photonics Undergraduate Scholarship

University of Central Florida

award

Up to $2,500

deadline

July 31, 2022
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PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

PixelPlex

$2,000 December 05, 2022 See Details
 

PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

PixelPlex

award

$2,000

deadline

December 05, 2022
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HotelPlanner.com Graduate Technology Scholarship For Military Veterans

HotelPlanner

$1,000 August 15, 2022 See Details
 

HotelPlanner.com Graduate Technology Scholarship For Military Veterans

HotelPlanner

award

$1,000

deadline

August 15, 2022
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Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship

Crystal Group Inc.

$1,000 July 15, 2022 See Details
 

Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship

Crystal Group Inc.

award

$1,000

deadline

July 15, 2022
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