Center for Design of Analog-Digital Integrated Circuits

Who We Are
A Research Leader in Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design


Who We Are * How CDADIC R&D Industry/University Partnerships Work

* Membership Benefits
* Suggested Practices for Successful Industrial Liaisons

* Participants & Administration

CDADIC Research

CDADIC is one of the few research consortiums in the country that addresses problems associated with analog and mixed-signal research.  Analog and mixed-mode integrated circuit (IC) devices have important applications in many fields including avionics, space technology, and medical technology.  The technical advantages of using this type of circuitry range from enhanced performance to improved miniaturization of products.

It is difficult to successfully design first-pass analog and mixed-signal devices.  Likewise, it is also difficult to accurately simulate, and test these systems.  Our research has resulted in several successful solutions as we make progress in solving these immense problems.

Mission & Vision
Our Mission
To advance the analysis, design and methodologies of analog-digital integrated circuits and systems through research and education.

Our Vision
To be the leading university-industry partnership in the field of analog-digital design which inspires talented engineering students and faculty to create breakthroughs useful to industry.

Main Thrusts
Circuit Design
Developing new mixed-mode circuit designs for high-precision, low-voltage, high-speed, etc. applications.

Constructing accurate computer models of circuits, devices and interconnects as well as developing methodologies to evaluate, test and characterize new and existing circuit simulators and/or improve speed and efficiency for analog-digital simulation.

Design Methodology
Developing systematic methods for design which incorporate the reuse of existing designs, module generation and automatic layout of analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits.

Industrial Sponsorship
There are many short-term and long-term benefits for industrial sponsors including:

  • Ability to actively participate in setting the research agenda

  • Access to specialized faculty skills

  • Leveraging company research funding for a fraction of the price typically paid for one university project

  • Networking opportunities through center meetings

  • Pre-publication access to research results, graduate theses and other materials resulting from center projects

  • Access to students for internships and employment

  • Two in-person research reviews a year

What is an NSF I/UCRC?
CDADIC is part of the National Science Foundationís (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (1/UCRC) program.  We are one of over 50 I/UCRCs designed to link the research and development needs of industry with university research capabilities.

NSF initiated the I/UCRC program to:

  • Increase industrial support for research through multi-company participation.

  • Leverage company research funds using university resources.

  • Foster long-term industry-university relations that provide alternatives to federal support.

  • These centers focus on research issues relevant to industrial needs and technological advancement, providing a forum for faculty and industry to interact and to define an agenda of projects of mutual interest.  They also involve graduate students in the research projects, providing them with an industrial perspective on research.

  • The I/UCRCs also enjoy the ability to apply for funds from a variety of NSF programs.  NSF also helps pay these centersí administrative costs.  Clearly, the big advantage of this concept is a comprehensive cooperative research effort in which no one organization supports all of the principal costs.

Becoming a CDADIC Member
Membership requires payment of an annual fee of $50,000. Associate memberships also are available for $25,000 annually for companies with annual gross sales of $25,000,000 ($25 million) or less. All membership fees are used to support CDADIC research activities; no indirect costs are charged.  Member companies must share results of center-sponsored research and have shared rights to intellectual property as described in the CDADIC-industry contract. 

More Information
For more information contact us:

John Ringo

Washington State University
College of Engineering & Architecture
Pullman, WA 99164-2780
Phone: (509) 335-5595
Fax: (509) 335-7290
Joanne Buteau
University & Corporate Relations

Washington State University
College of Engineering & Architecture
Pullman, WA 99164-2780
Phone: (509) 335-5379
Fax: (509) 335-7290
R. Bruce Darling
Co-Director (UW)

University of Washington
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering Bldg.
Box 352500
Seattle, WA  98195-2500
Phone: (206) 543-4703
Fax: (206) 543-3842
Pavan K. Hanumolu
Co-Director (OSU)

Oregon State University
School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
1148 Kelley Engineering Center
Corvallis, OR  97331-3211
Phone: (541) 737-2178
(541) 737-1300



An NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center