Checking date: 23/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Integrated circuits and microelectronics
Study: Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (256)

Coordinating teacher: LOPEZ ONGIL, CELIA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Electronic Technology

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
- Electronics Engineering Fundamentals (2º) - Digital Electronics (4º)
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
This subject aims to provide the student with the basic knowledge necessary to design integrated circuits. - Knowing the design methodology of integrated circuits. Levels of abstraction. - Designing, simulating and synthesizing digital circuits by using Hardware Description Languages. - Knowledge and use of computer aided design (CAD) techniques and tools for integrated circuits. - Knowledge of the technology and manufacturing processes of integrated circuits. - Analyzing and designing integrated circuits at the physical level. - Knowledge of integrated circuit test techniques and how it affect the circuit design
Description of contents: programme
Firstly, there is a block dedicated to the design of digital circuits of medium-high complexity by means of hardware description languages. Second, microelectronics is studied, including transistor level design and design level for both analog and digital blocks. This second block presents current manufacturing technologies and CMOS manufacturing processes. Aspects related to the integration of mixed signal circuits are also included. Finally, there is a third block dedicated to the special considerations of IC design. 1. Introduction to integrated circuits and microelectronics. Design methodology 2. Design of digital integrated circuits and validation using hardware description languages - Design of medium-high complexity digital circuits with VHDL - Types of digital architectures: serial, parallel, pipelined - Validation, simulation models 3. Microelectronics. Digital Integrated Circuit Design - Introduction to existing manufacturing technologies. CMOS technology. - Transistor level design of logic gates and functions. 4. Manufacture of integrated circuits - Manufacturing processes - Layout 5. Microelectronics. Analog integrated circuit design. - Transistor level - Layout level 6. Practical considerations and testing of integrated circuits
Learning activities and methodology
The course will be carried out through the following activities: 1. Theoretical online classes: they aim to present the knowledge that students must acquire, as well as carrying out practical exercises to develop this knowledge in an applied way. To facilitate their development, students will receive class notes and can use basic reference texts that allow them to complete and study in depth those units in which they are most interested. 2. Classes of exercises and practices. The objective is to develop a complete practical case and to assimilate the use of simulation and synthesis tools. 3. Student study: exercises and complementary readings proposed by the teacher. Personal study. 4. Exams and other assessment tests
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 35
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 65
Basic Bibliography
  • A. Rubio, J. Altet, X. Aragonés, J.L. González, D. Mateo, F. Moll. Diseño de circuitos y sistemas integrados. Ediciones UPC. 2000
  • J. M. Rabaey, A. Chandraskasan, B. Nikolic. Digital integrated circuits: a design perspective. Prentice Hall.
  • M. Abramovici, M.A. Breuer, A. D. Friedman. Digital system testing and testable design. Computer Science Press. 1990
Additional Bibliography
  • D. J. Smith. HDL chip design. Doone. 1997
  • N. H. Weste, D. M. Harris. CMOS VLSI Design. A circuits and systems perspective. Addison-Wesley, Pearson. 2011
  • R. J. Baker. CMOS Circuit Design, Layout and Simulation. Wiley. 2011
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