ECE Course Outline

ECE6458

Gigascale Integration (3-0-3)

Prerequisites
ECE 3080
Corequisites
None
Catalog Description
Hierarchy of physical principles that enable understanding and estimation of future opportunities to achieve multibillion transistor silicon chips using sub-0.25 micron technology.
Textbook(s)
No Textbook Specified.
Topical Outline
1.  Fundamental Limits - thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, 
electromagnetics
2.  Material Limits - switching energy, transit time, heat removal
3.  Device Limits - long and short channel Mosfets
4.  Circuit Limits - transfer curve, switching energy and delay
5.  System Limits - architecture, switching energy and delay, 
interconnections, packaging, clock frequency