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EE40212: Advanced microelectronic system design

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW100
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail data for this unit is currently being updated as a change has been approved. Updated assessment information will be published here shortly.
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you are advised to take EE30121
Description: Aims:
This course begins where Microelectronic Systems (EE30121) finishes in Y3. The aim is to take the mostly theoretical simulation-based material presented in that course and extend it into practical integrated circuit design. This would take the form of working towards a mixed signal circuit design, possibly (but not necessarily) an analogue-to-digital converter. This would bring together the analogue and digital skills learned in Y3 and would result in the fabrication and testing of a real chip that the students can keep at the end of the year.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to (i) have a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of analogue and digital integrated circuit design, (ii) have a thorough knowledge and be able to use state-of-the-art software design tools(iii) use these skills to design, test and layout an integrated circuit design which can be submitted for fabrication.

Skills:
Students will develop their analogue design skills in particular the practical, industry-standard methods of design. In digital design the students will learn how to analyse and assess the potential performance of large scale systems including multiple processors.

Content:
Additional analogue circuit techniques including advanced current mirrors, voltage references, power amplifiers and precision current sources, behavioural modelling using methods such as VerilogA. Learning the use of the analogue layout design tool and its extension to mixed analogue/digital design is crucial to this course. Additional digital material will include multi-processor architectures, bus structures, high speed I/O and implementation of application-specific algorithms.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EE40212 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEEE-AFM15 : MEng(Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AKM15 : MEng(Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

EE40212 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEEE-AFM13 : MEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AKM13 : MEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEEE-AFM01 : MEng(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AKM01 : MEng(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEXX-AFM02 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEXX-AKM02 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

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