Design

Design is an important aspect of semiconductor technology. Without circuit designs, we would not have the functionality that currently exists in our computers, automotive electronics, telecommunications, military systems, and consumer electronics. Design requires an understanding of theory, transistor operation, and higher level abstractions of functionality. It also requires competence with the tools that create these circuits.

Increasingly, design and manufacturing are interacting. This can be seen with the emphasis on Design for Manufacturing or Manufacturability (DFM). Although the Semitracks Online Training site is more focused on manufacturing issues, design plays and increasing role in production activities like test and yield, as well as in product engineering activities, like reliability and failure analysis.

This workspace is broken into two areas: Digital Fundamentals and Design. Digital Fundamentals covers topics on binary arithmetic, logic, and logic operators, while Design covers introductory courses on digital and analog design, as well as design validation.

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Digital Fundamentals

Introduction

This course material covers fundamental concepts associated with digital circuit design. While many engineers who studied electrical engineering might be familiar with these concepts, those who studied physics, materials science, or another branch of engineering may not be familiar with these ideas. This content also serves as a good reference for those who studied these ideas, but need access to them for reference or to refresh their memories.

This section primarily concerns boolean algebra, logic notation, basic logic gates, truth tables, and methods for simplifying truth tables.

Presentations

Basic Logic Gates

Basic Logic Operators and Boolean Algebra

Binary Number System

Logic Functions

Digital Fundamentals Quiz

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Certificate

Digital Fundamentals Certificate

Basic Design

Introduction

This material covers general topics in IC design. IC design is a broad category, and we'll be working to add more material into this course area. Right now, the system contains some basic presentations on design topics. It contains overview presentations on digital design, analog design, design validation, and other topics.

Presentations

Amplifiers and Multipliers

Analog Circuit Basics

Design Validation

Dynamic Analog Circuits

TTL Design and Operation

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Modeling

Introduction

This course material covers basic transistor behaviors and describes how to model them using a common modeling and simulation program called Matlab. Most engineers took courses on bipolar and MOS physics, but need to review the basic equations from time-to-time. However, there have not been good general tools to simulate transistor behavior as well as other circuit behaviors. Matlab is a tool that provides a calculation engine for graphing transistor performance, solving basic electrical circuit problems, and developing/analyzing more sophisticated designs. These materials, along with a student copy of Matlab, can provide not only a refresher on transistor modeling and simulation, but also an introduction to a powerful tool used extensively in circuit design today.

Presentations

Bipolar Junction Transistors - Basic Equations

Bipolar Junction Transistors - IC Versus VCE

Solving for an Unknown Voltage in a Circuit

Solving for Multiple Unknown Currents and Voltages in a Circuit

Solving for Two Unknown Currents in a Circuit

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Interface Circuits

Introduction

This course discusses interface circuits and technologies for sending and receiving signals to and from the die. Currently, this course contains information on the Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) interface, but will be populated with information on a number of additional interface circuits, like: the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS), the Universal Serial Bus (USB), and others.

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I2C Interface

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