Introducing Chip Design using Speed of Light

Stefan Schlotterbeck-Macht, Konrad Doll & Ulrich Brunsmann
We present a novel didactical concept for undergraduate teaching of microelectronics based on an experiment using a CMOS cyclic pulse-shrinking time-to-digital-converter (TDC) in order to directly measure the speed of light. The experimental setup, the didactical concept of teaching the TDC operating principle, an example realization of a TDC for didactical purposes and an actual research application are described. Our concept fits into the CDIO framework with emphasis on design-build experience and on project-based learning...
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