ECE Course Outline

ECE3040

Microelectronic Circuits (4-0-4)

Prerequisites
See topical outline
Corequisites
None
Catalog Description
Basic concepts of microelectronic materials, devices and circuits.
Textbook(s)
Jaeger & Blalock, Microelectronic Circuit Design (5th edition), McGraw Hill, 2015. ISBN 9780073529608 (required)

Pierret, Semiconductor Device Fundamentals, Addison Wesley, 1996. ISBN 0201543931, ISBN 9780201543933 (required)

Course Objectives - As part of this course, students:

  1. will understand the physical, electrical, and optical properties of semiconductor materials and their use in microelectronic circits. [6]
  2. relate the atomic and physical properties of semiconductor materials to device and circuit performance issues. [8]
  3. develop an understanding of the connection between device-level and circuit-level performance of microelectronic systems. [6,8]
Course Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. compute carrier concentrations for semiconductor materials under a variety of conditions.
  2. compute conductivity and resistivity of semiconductor materials under a variety of conditions.
  3. compute terminal voltage and current characteristics for pn junction diodes under a variety of conditions.
  4. compute terminal voltage and current characteristics for bipolar transistors under a variety of conditions.
  5. compute terminal voltage and current characteristics for MOS transistors under a variety of conditions.
  6. compute terminal voltage and current characteristics for ideal operational amplifiers under a variety of conditions.
  7. analyze the DC performance of single-stage analog amplifiers containing these circuit elements.
  8. analyze the AC performance of single-stage analog amplifiers containing these circuit elements.
  9. analyze the DC performance of simple digital circuits (e.g., inverters and logic gates) containing these circuit elements.
Topical Outline
Prerequisites:  ECE 3043* and ECE 2031/20X2 and (ECE 2035 or ECE 2036) and ECE 2040 and CHEM 1310/1211K/12X1 
   and MATH 2401/2411/24X1 and MATH 2403/2413/24X3 [all ECE and MATH courses min C]
   * ECE 3040 and ECE 3043 normally must be taken concurrently.

Basic Semiconductor Physics
     Bonding Mechanisms
     Charge Carriers
     Generation/Recombination
     Doping
     Carrier Transport
     Optical Absorption
     
PN Junctions
     Equilibrium Analysis
     Carrier Transport Under Applied Bias
     Transient Properties
     Diode Circuit Models
     Diode Applications (LEDs, Detectors)
     Diode Circuits (Limiting, Clamping, Rectifying Circuits)
     SPICE Analysis
     
Bipolar Junction Transistor
     Structure
     Circuit Symbol and Terminal Characteristics
     BJT Physics:  Equilibrium and Under Applied Bias
     Ebers-Moll Model
     Small Signal Model
     SPICE Analysis
     
MOS Field Effect Transistors
     MOS Capacitor 
     MOS Electrostatics
     MOSFET Structure, Symbol and Terminal Characteristics 
     MOSFET Device Physics
     Circuit Models
     SPICE Analysis

Single Stage Amplifiers
     General Concepts
     Common Emitter/Source
     Common Base/Gate
     Common Collector/Drain
     Differential Amplifiers
     SPICE Analysis

Operational Amplifiers
     Inverting/Non-inverting Configurations
     First Order Circuits
     Frequency Response
     Non-ideal Performance

Digital Circuits
     Inverter Characteristics and Circuits
     Gates (AND/NAND, OR/NOR)
     CMOS Inverters and Gates
     CMOS and BiCMOS Logic