- fundamental concepts in semiconductor physics, operations of key microelectronic devices, such as diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs).
- small signal analysis technique to understand the microelectronic circuits using microelectronic devices, such as single stage amplifier, differential amplifier, multi-stage amplifier.
- large signal analysis technique to understand the logic circuits using microelectronic devices, such as CMOS inverter.
Course Structure Outline
Course Lead/Main Instructor
The purpose is to establish foundational knowledge in semiconductor devices, circuit analysis and design for more advanced courses such as IC circuit designs and semiconductor devices developments.
- Able to explain and apply basic concepts of semiconductor physics relevant to devices.
- Able to describe, explain, and analyze the operation of important semiconductor devices in terms of their physical structure.
- Able to understand physics-based device models – Explain, describe, and use physics-based device and circuit models for semiconductor devices of varying levels of complexity, select models appropriate to a specific need, and apply those models to analyze multi-component circuits.
- Able to analyze and design microelectronic circuits for linear amplifier and digital applications.
- Able to confront integrated device and/or circuit design problems, identify the design issues, and develop solutions.
- Construct and apply physical model to determine and explain the electrical characteristic and operation principle of microelectronic devices, such as pn junction diodes, BJT and MOSFET.
- Apply small signal analysis to model operating mechanism and design of analog circuits, such as single stage amplifier, differential amplifier, multi-stage amplifier.
- Apply large signal analysis to model operating mechanism and design of digital circuits, such as CMOS inverter.
- Apply CMOS scaling rule to evaluate CMOS inverter performance and explain the advantages and disadvantages of CMOS inverter scaling rule.
- Design multi-stage audio amplifier and realize the circuit for demonstrations.
Text & References
- Microelectronic Devices and Circuits, Clifton G. Fonstad (pdf on eDimension)
- Microelectronics An Integrated Approach, Roger T. Howe, Charles G. Sodini (SUTD library)
- Attendances for mid-term and final exams are compulsory.
- Assignments must be submitted on time. Late submission will not be accepted and graded.
- Be interactive and proactive in the class to ask questions that clearly reflect your thoughts, and take charge of your mastering the subjects.