Full Title:Microelectronics
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:53417
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:CMOS based ASICs are at the core of modern Integrated Circuit designs. Transistor level design & simulation has become the norm.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Understand the steps/flow of successful Integrated Circuit fabrication
  2. Analyse MOSFET performance using Spice simulation techniques
  3. Design layout masks for active & passive components
  4. Design CMOS logic gates and produce usable layouts from equivalent circuit schematics
  5. Develop Current Sources/Sinks & Mirrors from MOSFET basic principles
  6. Analyse CMOS Operational Amplifier architectures
  7. Analyse & develop typical CMOS blocks
  8. Understand & identify chip failure mechanisms
  9. Successfully simulate & analyse basic & advanced CMOS circuits

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
CMOS processing & fabrication
MOSFET construction, thresholding, oxides, junctions MOSFET operation – operating regions, transconductance, current equations, Hybrid π, AC equivalent circuits
Spice Modelling
MOSFET Spice Models, Simulation, Transient Analysis
IC Layout
Mask Design - Layout of resistors, MOSFETs, capacitors
CMOS Logic Design
Design, simulation & layout of CMOS Logic gates
CMOS Current Sources & Sinks
Active load, current mirror, matching, layout
CMOS Amplifier Architecture
Study of typical architectures - Differential Amp, Folded Cascode
Amplifier Analysis
DC Analysis, AC Analysis, Simulation
Typical CMOS Systems
Bandgap Reference, Sample & Hold, Switched Capacitor Circuits, Sigma-Delta Modulator
Top-Level considerations
ElectroStatic Discharge, Latchup, Packaging
Toplevel Simulation
Creating models for blocks, mixed signal simulation
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work70.00%
End of Module Formal Examination30.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test Class test to examine understanding of MOSFET & CMOS principles 1,2,3 10.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Class Test Class test to examine understanding of MOSFET & CMOS principles 1,4,5 10.00 0 0 Week 12 0
Continuous Assessment Mosfet Operation Simulation Tasks 2,9 7.50 0 0 n/a 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Lab exercises to develop CMOS related Layout skills 1,3 7.50 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Design & Simulation exercises involving basic logic gates 4,9 7.50 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Practical exercises involving design, simualtion & layout of Current Sources etc 1,2,5,9 7.50 0 0 n/a 0
Group Project Mini project to design & simulate a typical Operational Amplifier circuit. 6,9 10.00 0 0 n/a 0
Group Project Mini project to design & simulate an advanced CMOS block (e.g. Voltage Reference, Switched Capacitor Amplifer, Power-On Reset Circuit, etc). 7,9 10.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End of term formal examination 4,6,7,8 30.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classroom Lecture 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Laboratory exercises 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Questions on related topics 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading Recommended book chapters 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study Student Study 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • R. Jacob Baker 2010, CMOS Circuit Design, layout & Simulation, 3e Ed., Wiley & IEEE Publications [ISBN: 9780470881323]
  • Allen & Holberg 2002, CMOS Analog Circuit Design, 2e Ed., Oxford University Press [ISBN: 9780195116441]
  • Willy M.C. Sansen 2006, Analog Design Essentials, 1e Ed., Springer [ISBN: 9780387257464]
  • Behzad Razavi 2001, Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits, 1e Ed., McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 9780071188395]
  • Alan Hastings 2006, The Art of Analog Layout, 2e Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 9780131464100]
  • Johns & Martin 2011, Analog Integrated Circuit Design, 2e Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9780470770108]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EELES_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Systems 5 Group Elective 1