Microelectronic Systems

Higher education teachers: Strle Drago
Credits: 6
Semester: winter
Subject code: 64288

Subject description


Knowledge of basic contents:

  • Mathematics, physics, basics of semiconductors and semiconductor electronics,

Knowledge of specific subjects:

  • Continuous time systems, Linear electronics, Analog electronic circuits, Digital electronic circuits,
  • Analog integrated circuits and systems

Content (Syllabus outline):

METHODOLOGY OF DESIGN: Top-down and bottom-up microelectronic design methodology and the use of modern CAD tools.

COMPLEX ANALOG/DIGITAL MODULES: A/D and D/A converters, phase locked loops, phase detectors, complex filters, etc.

MODELING OF MICROELECTRONIC SYSTEMS: Matlab/Simulink and VHDL-AMS description and simulations of mixed-signal microelectronic systems including sensors and actuators, simulations of microelectronic systems on different levels, tools for co-simulations.

PARASITIC EFFECTS: basics effects of leakage, noise, crosstalk in integrated circuits.

LIMITS OF CMOS TECHNOLOGY: Effects of reducing the channel length, new elements, influence to the design process of digital and analogue integrated circuits and microelectronic systems, power consumption optimisation.

BASICS OF TESTING MICROELECTRONIC SYSTEMS: basics of testability, BIST and reliability of microelectronic systems.

Objectives and competences:

The main objectives are: to learn the basics of the design of mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems, to understand the problems related to the design of mixed-signal integrated VLSI microelectronic systems and to learn modern description language, modern CAD tools, the simulation of mixed signal microelectronic systems, sensors and actuators. In addition, the students will get insight into the trends of implementation practices of microelectronic systems in the future.

Intended learning outcomes:

Understanding theoretical background for the design of mixed signal analog-digital microelectronic systems Methods of modelling, analysis, synthesis and simulations using CAD equipment appropriate for complex mixed signal analog-digital microelectrinc systems

Learning and teaching methods:

a) Lectures to learn the basic theoretical concepts, methods and building blocks and the integration of microelectronic systems. The lectures will include solving selected problems. In addition, invited lectures will take place if possible. During lecture time, each student will present the seminar work according to the selected theme.
Laboratory work will consist of practical work related to the design of microelectronic system modelling and simulation using Matlab/Simulink.

b) The students will design simple microelectronic system on a high hierarchical level with the professional help and supervision.

Study materials

  1. P.J. Ashenden, "The systems designers guide to VHDL-AMS," Morgan Kaufmann publ., 2003
  2. R. Plasche, "Integrated Analog-to-digital and Digital-to-analog Converters," Kluwer Academic publishers, 2002
  3. F. Maloberti, "Data Converters, " Springer, 2007
  4. G.T.A. Kovacs, "Microamchinned transducers source book," McGraw-Hill, 1998

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 2 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Electronics