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ECE Course Syllabus

ECE4420 Course Syllabus


Digital Integrated Circuits (3-0-0-3)

CMPE Degree
This course is Elective for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree
This course is Elective for the EE degree.

Lab Hours
0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours

Course Coordinator

ECE 3040 [min C] or ECE 3030 [min C]


Catalog Description
Analysis and design of MOS digital integrated circuit families and their applications in modern electronic systems.

Hodges, Jackson, and Selah, Analysis and Design of Digital Integrated Circuits (3rd edition), McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN 0072283653 , ISBN 9780072283655 (required)

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Analyze functionality of digital circuits including combinational, sequential, and memory.
  2. Characterize speed, energy consumption, and robustness of combinational, sequential, and memory circuits.
  3. Design combinational, sequential, and memory circuits to meet specified functionality, speed, energy, and robustness targets
  4. Perform simulation of digital circuits, and write reports conforming to technical writing standards.

Student Outcomes
In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.
  1. ( P ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. ( LN ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. ( LN ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. ( LN ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. ( LN ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. ( P ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. ( M ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Topical Outline
I.   Integration Scales and Applications
II.  Device Modeling for Digital ICs
     Layout and fabrication related topics
III. The Inverter
     CMOS: DC and transient characteristics
IV.  Basic Logic Families
     CMOS Logic Circuits
       Combinational logic gates
       Dynamic circuits and clocking
V.   Digital Logic Units
     Sequential design and timing
     Arithmetic logic circuits
     Memories Cells and Arrays:  SRAMs, DRAMs, 
VI.  Applications to Practical Design Problems
     Examples from current literature including microprocessors, control systems, and signal processing.