1.To provide students with the opportunity to understand the basic principles of silicon microelectronics design.
2.To introduce the subject in the frame of reference of basic design rather than problem solving.
3.To develop practical skills in the handling and measurement of components.
4.To increase the confidence of the student in undertaking material with a strong analytical and engineering content.
5.To provide the underlying semiconductor physics to underpin this design-led module
A. Understand physical laws of semiconductor and mapping to diodes & transistors.
B. Understand why certain electronic materials are used in devices.
C. Get familiar with common designs of electronic devices, and simple MOS circuits.
D. Design a simple MOS circuit including tolerance and feature sizes.
E. Acquire independent learning and design skills coupled with problem solving skills.
This module is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials, design exercises and supervised laboratory sessions. There is a particular emphasis on developing design skills alongside problems solving.