Computer hardware engineers develop and design new processor chips that power computers, tablets, smart-phones and play a central role in countless other modern electronic devices, appliances, and vehicles.
This EFA focuses on the design of modern high-performance computers and microcontrollers, including digital electronics, computer and processor architecture, and the design and testing of integrated circuit chips.
Students pursuing this EFA may find employment with large computer chip manufacturers such as Intel and AMD, or any of thousands of smaller companies that design customized digital hardware for use in their products and applications.
Students interested in this EFA are encouraged to consider the course suggestions listed below when completing their Plan of Study Form.
|EE Electrical Track Requirements||Suggested Options|
|ECE:5310 VLSI Design
ECE:5410 Advanced Circuit Techniques
|ECE:3360 Embedded Systems
ECE:3330 Software Design
ECE:3350 Computer Architecture and Organization
ECE:3540 Communication Networks
|5000-Level ECE Elective
|All 5000-level depth electives listed above and
ECE:5300 Switching Theory
ECE:5320 High Performance Computer Architecture (Same as: CS:5610) (requires ECE:3350 as a prerequisite)
ECE:5380 Testing of Digital Logic Circuits
|All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above and
|Any of the above OR course selected in consultation with advisor.
* Students graduating before Fall 2017 are required to select two additional electives.
- A minor in Mathematics can be earned by including one qualifying Math course in the EFA plan.