Microelectronic Devices and Circuits
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Fall 2007Microelectronic Devices and Circuits
What is this class all about?
Basic semiconductor device physics and analog integrated circuits.
What will you learn?
Electrical behavior and applications of transistors
Analog integrated circuit analysis and design
Lectures (106 Stanley): TuTh 3:40-5:00 PM
Discussion Sections (beginning Wednesday 9/5):
Section 101 (247 Cory): Mo 3-4 PM (Jon)
Section 102 (289 Cory): We 9-10AM (Eudean)
Section 103 (5 Evans): Fr 11AM-12PM (Kevin)
Prof. Liu (212 Cory): MoTu 12-1PM
Eudean Sun (382 Cory): Mo 2-3PM
Jon Ellithorpe (382 Cory): Mo 4-5PM
Kevin Wang (382 Cory): Fri 10-11AM
Laboratory Sections (beginning Tuesday 9/4):
Section 12 (353 Cory): We 9AM-12PM (Wilson)
Section 13 (353 Cory): Tu 8-11AM (Alan)
Section 14 (353 Cory): Mo 3-6PM (Kevin)
Section 15 (353 Cory): We 3-6PM (Chen)
Students must sign up for one lab section outside 353 Cory by 5PM Friday 8/31, and regularly attend this lab section.
All of the lab assignments (and tutorials) are posted online at
Each pre-lab assignment is due at the beginning of the corresponding lab session. Post-lab assignments are due at the beginning of the following lab section.
Relation to Other Courses
EECS40: KVL and KCL, Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits, impedance, frequency response (Bode plots), semiconductor basics, simple pn-junction diode and MOSFET theory and circuit applications, analog vs. digital signals.
Homework (posted online)
due Tu (beginning of class)
late homeworks not accepted
due at beginning of lab session
2 midterm exams
80 minutes each
(3 pages of notes allowed)
Th 12/20 from 12:30-3:30PM
(7 pages of notes allowed)
Students may request accommodation of religious creed, disabilities, and other special circumstances. Please make an appointment to discuss your request, in advance.
Departmental policy will be strictly followed
Collaboration (not cheating!) is encouraged
Arrive in class on time!
Bring your own copy of the lecture notes.
Turn off cell phones, pagers, MP3 players, etc.
No distracting conversations
Some Important Announcements
Please don’t bring food/drinks to 353 Cory
Lab experiments will be done in pairs. Each person should turn in his/her individual reports.
Homework should be done individually.
Cheating on an exam will result in an automatic F course grade.
To be posted later today
Due 9/4 (Tuesday) at 3:30PM
NO discussion sessions, labs, or office hours this week.
(refer to detailed syllabus)
The Integrated Circuit (IC)
An IC consists of interconnected electronic components in a single piece (“chip”) of semiconductor material.
From a Few, to Billions
By connecting a large number of components, each performing simple operations, an IC that performs very complex tasks can be built.
The degree of integration has increased at an exponential pace over the past ~40 years.
EECS 105 in the Grand Scheme
Example electronic system: cell phone
EECS 105: Emphasis on Analog IC’s
Example: 14-bit analog-to-digital converter
Y. Chiu, IEEE Int’l Solid-State Circuits Conference, 2004.
Digital or Analog Signal?
X1(t) is operating at 100Mb/s and X2(t) is operating at 1Gb/s.
A digital signal operating at very high frequency is very “analog”.
Circuit Simulation using SPICE
SPICE = Simulation Program with IC Emphasis
Invented at Berkeley (released in 1972)
.DC: Find the DC operating point of a circuit
.TRAN: Solve the transient response of a circuit (solve a system of generally non-linear ordinary differential equations via adaptive time-step solver)
.AC: Find steady-state response of circuit to a sinusoidal excitation