GRA Vacancy : Research on Cell Library Design for SoC Application

University / Institute Universiti Putra Malaysia
Project Title Modeling and Cross-Layer Power Optimization in Standard Cell Library Design for SoC Application
Start Date 2016-09-01
Funding Agency CREST
Contact Name / Email(s) Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani / fzr@upm.edu.my
Contact Phone(s) 019-7757007
Nationality Requirements on Candidate(s) Applicants must be Malaysian citizens
Description The major challenge in designing next-generation System-on-Chip (SoC) has been shifted from ‘absolute timing’ to ‘meeting timing without blowing out the power budget’. In this project, cross-layer power optimization on standard cell library is proposed to aggressively mitigate both dynamic and leakage power of SoC chips. Prototype standard-cell libraries will be designed on industry standard process and test-chips will be fabricated for several SoC chips to validate the effectiveness of the approach.
The GRA candidate is expected to design a functional image/video signal processing codec in synthesizable RTL and performs physical design in two stages – FPGA board and ASIC using the optimized standard cell library. Research contributions can be in the form of (but not limited to) codec architecture optimization, algorithm optimization, power efficient design based on approximate computing concept and others.

Requirements:
– Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering /Computer Engineering or equivalent with a CGPA of 3.0 and above.
– Knowledge on digital VLSI design (system- and circuit-level).
– Proficiency in RTL design using Verilog HDL/VHDL, FPGA Implementation, and ASIC design (include synthesis and place & route).
– Proactive and able to carry out research independently.

Application Procedures:
1. Interested applicants can contact Dr. Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani by email:fzr@upm.edu.my.
2. Deadline of the application: Before July 22, 2016 (Friday).
3. Please use the subject: CREST GRA P29C13 Application.
4. Include the following:
a. degree transcript
b. resume/CV
c. short writeup on your previous experience on technical projects related to the aforementioned project.
5. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

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