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VE320 – Introduction to Semiconductor Devices

Instructor: Yaping Dan

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Credits: 4 credits

Pre-requisites: Advanced Mathametics


This course is designed to introduce the principles and concepts for CMOS integrated circuits. The course will start with device principles of p-n junction diodes and metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFET). The course is then developed to introduce the digital circuit building block— an CMOS inverter for converting “0” to “1” and “1” to “0”. The time-delay, power consumption and layout area will be analyzed and optimized. More complicated circuits such as combinational logics, registers and memories will be discussed in the end. After the course, the students are expected to design and layout large-scale static logic integrated circuits independently such as calculators, multipliers and finite state machines. Labs and projects are specially designed to facilitate students to develop skills for software circuit design using Cadance.

Course Topics:

  1. Introduction to Integrated Circuits
  2. The Manufacturing Process
  3. The PN Junction Diodes and MOSFET Transistors
  4. CMOS Inverters
  5. Designing Combination Logic Gates in CMOS
  6. Designing Sequential Logic Circuits
  7. The pn junction
  8. The pn junction diode
  9. Metal-semiconductor and semiconductor heterojunction
  10. Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors
  11. Bipolar junction transistors

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