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Undergraduate Course: Microelectronics and Engineering Software 3 (ELEE09030)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will consider microelectronic devices and the use of engineering software tools for systems design.
The Microelectronic Devices segment will provide an in-depth understanding of semiconductor device operation and the fabrication techniques used in their manufacture. Lectures will cover the basics of semiconductor physics, the important building blocks of the p-n junction and MOS capacitor, and the operation and fabrication of MOS and bipolar transistors. Students will also be introduced to the structure of the electronics industry and important developments that are driving future technologies.
The Engineering Software segment will concentrate on the study of imperative stored program control architectures and their application in embedded environments. An initial series of exercises teaching principles and techniques is followed by two application project phases. The students will use C programming language as an example only to programme an embedded processor built on a high performance Field Programmable Gate
Array (FPGA) platform. There is no need for prior knowledge of the C language as students will be provided with pre-built modules and guidelines for integration.

Course description Microelectronic Devices lectures will consider: Semiconductor theory; Field Effect Devices; Junction Devices; Microfabrication and Process Integration; and Future Trends in the Electronics Industry. These will be supported by example classes and tutorials. A laboratory exercise will introduce the student to Process and Device Simulation.

Engineering Software laboratory modules will consider: Computational platforms, Hardware and software design options, Combinatorial and data flow design, Implementation Techniques, Performance trade-offs. Students will use real word case studies as well as the latest embedded processors implemented on modern FPGA platforms.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Digital System Design 2 (ELEE08015) AND Microelectronics 2 (ELEE08020)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Analogue Circuits 2 (ELEE08016)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Engineering Software 3 (ELEE09016) AND Microelectronics 3 (ELEE09021)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use their knowledge of the theory of semiconductor physics to describe and demonstrate the principles of semiconductor devices.
  2. Use their understanding of the processing steps used in semiconductor microfabrication to produce integrated manufacturing procedures that will enable the production of advanced microelectronic products.
  3. Understand embedded system design principles: programming flow and embedded processor options.
  4. Apply their knowledge of the founding principles of hardware/software interfacing and co-design.
  5. Implement control and data flow structures, code re-organisation techniques, and serialisation efficiency and timing issues in a real-time environment.
Reading List
Semiconductor Devices, Physics and Technology Simon Sze, Ming - Kwei Lee 3rd Edition, International Student Version Wiley (2013) ISBN: 978-0-470-87367-0

Introduction to Microfabrication, Sami Franssila, 2nd Edition, Wiley (2010),ISBN: 978-0-470-74983-8
Introduction to Solid State Physics, Charles Kittel, 8th Edition, Wiley (2005), ISBN:0-471-41526-X

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSemiconductor devices,MOS transistor,IC fabrications,FPGA,Digital Systems,Embedded programming
Course organiserDr Jonathan Terry
Tel: (0131 6)50 5607
Course secretaryMrs Megan Inch-Kellingray
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079
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