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Integrated Circuits – Concepts and Design

Module Title Integrated Circuits – Concepts and Design
Module Level Level 3
Module Credits 5.00

Aims and Fit of Module

This module aims to familiarise students with some basic concepts of silicon based microelectronics, IC technology, and IC design by using a professional design tool; to prepare students for entering the Si semiconductor industry.

Learning outcomes

A. Gain the knowledge of how to analyse, design and lay-out simple MOS integrated circuits (ICs).
B. Understand silicon IC technology and theoretical underpinning.
C. Understand fabrication steps and related manufacturing issues for MOS-based IC design.
D. Use a professional design tool (Tanner Tools) to design, layout and test by simulation digital circuit cells and show the experience and enhancement of the IC design skills.
E. Understand fundamental design issues for silicon IC's taking into account manufacturing limitations.

Method of teaching and learning

This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and both supervised and unsupervised laboratory (CMOS IC design) sessions.