Microelectronic Devices and Circuits

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Fall 2007Microelectronic Devices and Circuits
Teaching Assistants
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
Schedule
Lectures (106 Stanley): TuTh 3:405:00 PM
Discussion Sections (beginning Wednesday 9/5):
Section 101 (247 Cory): Mo 34 PM (Jon)
Section 102 (289 Cory): We 910AM (Eudean)
Section 103 (5 Evans): Fr 11AM12PM (Kevin)
Office Hours:
Prof. Liu (212 Cory): MoTu 121PM
Eudean Sun (382 Cory): Mo 23PM
Jon Ellithorpe (382 Cory): Mo 45PM
Kevin Wang (382 Cory): Fri 1011AM
Lab Schedule
Laboratory Sections (beginning Tuesday 9/4):
Section 12 (353 Cory): We 9AM12PM (Wilson)
Section 13 (353 Cory): Tu 811AM (Alan)
Section 14 (353 Cory): Mo 36PM (Kevin)
Section 15 (353 Cory): We 36PM (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
http://wwwinst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~ee105/fa07/labs.cgi
Each prelab assignment is due at the beginning of the corresponding lab session. Postlab assignments are due at the beginning of the following lab section.
Relation to Other Courses
Prerequisite:
EECS40: KVL and KCL, Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits, impedance, frequency response (Bode plots), semiconductor basics, simple pnjunction diode and MOSFET theory and circuit applications, analog vs. digital signals.
Grading
Homework (posted online)
due Tu (beginning of class)
late homeworks not accepted
Laboratory assignments
due at beginning of lab session
2 midterm exams
80 minutes each
closed book
(3 pages of notes allowed)
Final exam
Th 12/20 from 12:303:30PM
closed book
(7 pages of notes allowed)
bring calculator
Miscellany
Special accommodations:
Students may request accommodation of religious creed, disabilities, and other special circumstances. Please make an appointment to discuss your request, in advance.
Academic (dis)honesty
Departmental policy will be strictly followed
Collaboration (not cheating!) is encouraged
Classroom etiquette:
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.
Getting Started
Assignment 1:
To be posted later today
Due 9/4 (Tuesday) at 3:30PM
NO discussion sessions, labs, or office hours this week.
Course Overview
(refer to detailed syllabus)
Introduction
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: 14bit analogtodigital converter
Y. Chiu, IEEE Int’l SolidState 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 nonlinear ordinary differential equations via adaptive timestep solver)
.AC: Find steadystate response of circuit to a sinusoidal excitation 

