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ECEN 3250 - Microelectronics

Catalog Data ECEN 3250 (3). Microelectronics. Develops a basic understanding of active semiconductor devices. Focuses on building an understanding of BJT and CMOS devices in both digital and analog applications.
Credits and Design 3 credit hours. Required core course for EE program, selected elective course for ECE program.
Prerequisite(s) ECEN 2260, Circuits as Systems.
Corequisite(s) None.
Instructor(s) Dragan Maksimovic, Richard Mihran, Wounjhang Park, Regan Zane.
Textbook Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith, Microelectronic Circuits, 6th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-532303-0.
Course Objectives For students to:
  1. Understand how to approach analysis and design of circuits with nonlinear elements, including diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs, with an emphasis on design oriented analysis techniques.
  2. Understand the principles of operation for pn junctions, semiconductor diodes, MOSFETs and BJTs, including intuition behind the physical meaning of device model parameters and limitations of models.
  3. Understand how to analyze and design basic amplifier gain stages and digital logic gates using MOSFETs and BJTs.
Learning Outcomes After taking this course students will be able to recognize and use the following concepts, ideas, and/or tools:
  1. Small-signal analysis of circuits with diodes, MOSFETs and BJTs
  2. Large-signal analysis of circuits with diodes, MOSFETs and BJTs
  3. Design oriented analysis of microelectronic electronic circuits
Student Outcomes
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Design Teams Engr
Oral Written Engr Solns
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Topics Covered
  1. Review of analysis techniques for linear, time-invariant (LTI) circuits
  2. Physical operation of diodes and design and analsyis of diode circuits
  3. Physical operation of MOSFETs and design and analysis of MOSFET circuits and amplifiers
  4. Physical operation of BJTs and design and analysis of BJT circuits and amplifiers
  5. Design of logic gates using transistors
  6. Frequency response of basic amplifier gain stages
  7. Differential amplifiers

Last revised: 05-12-11, PM, ARP.