This course broadly covers semiconductor technologies as a foundation of all computer and communication systems. It begins with a survey of the unit processes involved in creating CMOS semiconductor chips like lithography, reactive ion etch, and ion implant. It covers the tools and methodologies involved in creating more complex semiconductor circuits such as creation of standard logic libraries, schematics, and layout. The student examines electrical properties of materials and the DC and digital circuit concepts that motivate much of the activity to understand the challenges facing manufacturers and designers in this globally vital industry.
3 hours of lecture per week