FIH3609 Analysis and Design of Semiconductor Devices 7.5 credits

Analys och konstruktion av halvledarkomponenter

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

This course covers the most important device in silicon: nanometer sized MOSFETs for digital high speed operation. Sections: Historical background of semiconductor devices, technology and device trends, physics of the MOS structure, MOSFET scaling theory, nanometer design, variability, manufacturability, silicon-on-insulator (SOI), FinFET and new techniques such as graphene, carbon nanotubes and nanowires. Apart from the text book, research articles are studied, and the students select one recent article to present in English in a seminar.

Intended learning outcomes *

The course is about advanced nanometerscaled semiconductor devices for application areas such as very large-scale integrated circuits and for high-speed communications.

After the course, the student should be able to

  • analyse the operation of semiconductor devices
  • analyse delay times from parasitics
  • analyse scaling of MOSFETs
  • design a scaled down device from a given device
  • discuss semiconductor devices based on research articles

With analyse is meant to derive relations and calculate from equations given in the textbook.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

A basic course in semiconductor devices or semiconductor physics.

Recommended prerequisites

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Y. Taur, R. Ning, Fundamentals of Modern VLSI Devices, 2 ed, Cambridge, ISBN 9781107635715, 2009

Research articles from e.g. IEEE journals.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Homework, Simulation Lab, Seminar presentation and Written exam.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Carl-Mikael Zetterling

    Further information

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    Offered by

    EECS/Electronics and Embedded Systems

    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Ethical approach *

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Electronics and Embedded Systems