ECE Course Outline
Physical Foundations of Computer Engineering (3-0-3)
- ECE 2020/2030 [min C] and ECE 2040 [min C]
- Catalog Description
- Basic principles governing the physical realization of computing systems and their relationship to characteristics such as performance, energy, and robustness. Implementation technologies.
- Marilyn Wolf, The Physics of Computing (1st edition), Elsevier, 2016. ISBN 0128093811, ISBN 9780128093818 (required)
- Topical Outline
1. Introduction to a digital information processing system 2. Fundamental principles and requirements of representations of a bit a. distinguishability and conditional change of states b. physical implementation of a bit - Barrier Model and other models 3. Physics of CMOS based Computation - Barrier Model a. Use of energy barrier to represent and modulate a bit * Relation to semiconductor physics b. Engineering energy barrier in practice * MOSFET and device physics * Switches as computing devices c. Physics of interconnected switches to process information * Relationship to RC circuit analysis d. Physics of data communications via signal propagation through wire * Relationship to electromagnetism and Transmission lines e. Physical attributes of a computing system * Performance, Energy, and Robustness/Error * Relation to semiconductor physics, circuit theory, and wires * Interaction of performance, energy, and robustness * Understanding the physical limits CMOS circuits 4. Other computing systems and models a. Fundamentals of CMOS based analog computing b. Alternative computing models - e.g. concepts of quantum computing, biological computing etc.
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