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Permanent Course Descriptions and Outlines

Analog Integrated Circuit Design

Design of analog circuits using CMOS and bipolar technology.

Analog Integrated System Design

Design of analog systems using CMOS and bipolar technology. A higher level
of design for analog and digital systems is presented.

Wireless IC Design

Wireless system specifications are translated to architectures and building
blocks compatible with silicon technology. The course focuses on the
analysis and design of these blocks.

Interface IC Design for MEMS and Sensors

Design of low-noise interface circuits for sensors and micromechanical devices (MEMS). Design of integrated microsystems.

Digital MOS Integrated Circuits

Detailed analysis of the operaration and design of high performance MOS
digital integrated circuits. Emphasis is on current design techniques
with examples from the literature.

Neuromorphic Analog VLSI Circuits

Large-scale analog computation for sensory and motor processing. Analog
building blocks are presented, leading to VLSI systems inspired by
neurobiological architectures and computational paradigms.

Silicon-Based Heterostructure Devices and Circuits

Theory and design of novel silicon-germanium microelectronic devices and circuits. Materials, device physics, fabrication, measurement, circuit design, and system applications.

Power IC Design

Analysis and design of switched-inductor dc-dc supplies with CMOS and BiCMOS integrated circuits (ICs).

Introduction to Microelectronics Technology

Presents the fundamentals of microelectronics material, device, and circuit

Introduction to the Theory of Microelectronics

Basis of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and the behavior of
solids to serve as an introduction to the modern study of semiconductors
and semiconductor devices.

Theory of Electronic Devices

Presents the fundamentals of electronic device operation

Semiconductor Process Control

This course is designed to explore methods of applying statistical process
control and statistical quality control to semiconductor manufacturing
processes. Students will be required to complete a design project.

Solar Cells

To provide a practical understanding of semiconductor materials and
technology as it relates to design and development of efficient solar
cells and photovoltaic systems.

Gigascale Integration

Hierarchy of physical principles that enable understanding and
estimation of future opportunities to achieve multibillion transistor
silicon chips using sub-0.25 micron technology.

Microelectromechanical Devices

Fundamental concepts for design of microelectromechanical devices (MEMS), including mechanical and thermal behavior of materials and structures, transduction principles, transducer design, and modeling.

Fourier Techniques and Signal Analysis

Introduction to the use of Fourier Methods for analysis of signals.

Fourier Optics and Holography

Applications of the Fourier transform and linear systems theory to the
analysis of optical propagation, diffraction, imaging, holography,
wavefront modulation, and signal processing.


Study of the fundamental principles and primary applications of lasers, and
of detectors of optical radiation.


Provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles and primary applications of nanophotonics, which describes the behavior of light and its interactions with matter on the micro- and nano-scale.

Integrated Optics

Theory and design of integrated photonic devices.