What is the best college/university for computer hardware engineering?

I want to know the best one there is and what city/state it is in.

I live in Sacramento, California and I am hoping a college for computer hardware engineering major is just as good in CA as the best one where ever it is if not here.

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2 Responses to What is the best college/university for computer hardware engineering?

  1. d^2 E/dx^2 = 1/(??) d^2 B/dt^2 says:

    That depends on what exactly you want to do. There are different aspects of computer hardware, a lot of different things go into it. There’s the semiconductor fabrication and processing — some colleges have a semiconductor lab and others don’t — and there’s several different design aspects. There’s VHDL and digital logic, computer arithmetic, and other small part things for making hardware more efficient, there’s analog design which covers signal amplifiers, timing and power efficiency of circuits; there’s mixed-signal VLSI design, which covers digital – analog conversion, clock distribution, phase-locked loops for signal processing and timing; there’s digital VLSI design, which covers large scale digital systems for designing full computing systems and ASICs (it skips the small stuff and lets you work with big blocks so you can work faster); There’s computer system efficiency (pipelining, hyperthreading, etc.), embedded systems (making a tiny computer control other things), feedback control of dynamic systems (robotics and automation), and many other aspects of computer hardware engineering.
    You may also want to try to decide whether you want to major in computer engineering or electrical engineering — computer engineering requires more high-level programming and offers less freedom as to which hardware classes to take, but it gives you a great balance in computing between hardware and software. Electrical engineering gives you freedom as to what hardware courses to take, but doesn’t give you as much software background.
    The first thing to do is to do a bit of research and figure out what you want to do. Do you want to understand fabrication of computing devices? Do you want to work with reconfigurable hardware or understand how a digital system talks to another digital system? Do you want to work with microprocessors or robotics? Digital signal processors? Decide what you want to work with most, then start looking at universities. Do they have a semiconductor fabrication lab? Do they have VLSI labs? What are the requirements for graduation, and what courses do they offer?
    The basic point is that although some may be overall better than others, they often only differ in how the program runs. Some may have a better in embedded systems and control systems, others may be better in semiconductor physics and electromagnetic physics, etc. Decide what you want, then look for the one that offers what you want in the best way.

  2. PE2008 says:

    Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, and CalTech might be the best research universities. Harvey Mudd might be the best teaching university.

    There’s no point in asking this question unless you include your GPA and SAT scores. The best university for you is the one that you have a chance of attending and successfully completing.

    Incidentally, there is no such major called Computer Hardware Engineering. There is Computer Engineering. Judging by your question, you may be happier and more successful attending a school for Computer Engineering Technology.

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