Believing in the importance of empowering young electronics engineers in Egypt, and granting them the opportunity to take part in creating a better future for the world through their field, IEEE SSCS AlexSC, in cooperation with VLSI Egypt - Alexandria Section, have initiated together "Chipions" program.
The program was inspired by the dire need for creating a suitable environment for students interested in electronics –one that is not available for them through the college curriculum or training– which should provide them with the necessary knowledge, skills, practical work and training in the field; thus, assuring a significant improvement in their capabilities as electronics engineers, and reflecting more positively and strongly on their future careers, and the world of electronics
This is an introductory/preparatory stage, meant to select the best candidates to join the program among all the applicants, and also provide them with the necessary selflearning skills, which is a very important asset in their skillset, as well as teach them the basics of electronics to make sure that all of them have the same basic foundation upon which the next phases are going to be built. At the end of this phase, the participants took a filtration test to determine the students who will proceed to phase II.
After the filtration process and laying down the foundation in Phase I, we move to a more advanced stage, where the students of Chipions are introduced to Digital and Analog Circuits Design.
During the first part of phase II, participants are introduced to the main concepts of Digital Circuit Design, using Hardware Description Languages (namely, Verilog) and learning all about FPGA’s and how to use them for testing and verifying their designs.
This stage is where the nature of their work and learning experience takes a more practical turn, focusing on project assignments, where they can implement and experiment with what they have learned on the spot, after which their work is critiqued and evaluated.
During the second part of this phase, participants as well as learning about Analog Circuits Design and simulation using CAD tools (namely, Cadence OrCAD). The topics covered included:
- Single stage amplifiers (BJT & MOS).
- Current Sources.
- Frequency Response.
- Differential amplifier (BJT & MOS).
The final stage of the program focuses on providing the students with a window on more practical work and real world problems and applications of Digital and Analog Electronics, which is achieved through a final project in one of the sub-domains of the VLSI Industry.
For example in Chipions 15 participants had the opportunity to choose one of five projects:
1. Can Sat.
2. MIT Coffee Can Radar.
4. LDO Regulator.