Abstract Different from the 1st-phase VLSI Circuits and Systems Educational Program that aimed at establishing the fundamental infrastructure for improving the teaching environment of VLSI circuits and systems design in Taiwan, the 2nd-phase educational program intends to integrate existing teaching materials and laboratories and focus on more advanced technology as well as broader scopes. The main goal is to cultivate a sufficiently large number of high-quality human resources in IC design. The 2nd-phase program adopts the top-down approach by running the program based on six technology-oriented, inter-collegiate consortia: the Advanced Technology (ADV) Consortium, the Digital Intellectual Property (DIP) Consortium, the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Consortium, the Mixed Signal Design (MSD) Consortium, the Prototyping and Layout (P&L) Consortium, and the System-on-Chip (SOC) Consortium, among which the ADV Consortium acts as the coordinator as well as the monitor of the whole educational program. The tasks of each consortium consist of two major parts: (1) consortium administration (e.g., arranges regular meetings, evaluates and promotes on-going educational projects, etc), and (2) project execution (e.g., improves and promotes teaching materials, cultivates seed teachers, initiates academia-industry and international cooperation programs, etc). The new infrastructure has significantly enhanced the VLSI circuits and systems educational environment in Taiwan
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