**Title:** Devices and Circuits 1

**Credits:** 5 (4 lecture; 1 lab)

**Coordinator:** Robert Bruce Darling, Professor, Electrical
Engineering

**Goals:** To learn the physics, characteristics, applications,
analysis, and design of circuits using semiconductor diodes and field-effect
transistors with an emphasis on large-signal behavior and digital logic
circuits. To understand and apply the principles of device modeling to
circuit analysis and design. To gain hands-on experience with laboratory
instrumentation and circuit troubleshooting.

**Learning Objectives: **

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

*Calculate*conduction properties of materials and simple device structures.*Explain*the operating principles of semiconductor diodes and field-effect transistors.*Determine*the in-circuit operating state of the most common semiconductor devices.*Perform*large signal analysis of circuits containing semiconductor diodes and field-effect transistors.*Use*a modern schematic capture and computer-aided circuit analysis program, such as SPICE.*Use*modern computer-based data acquisition and instrument control software and systems, such as LabVIEW.*Calculate*the performance parameters for different MOS logic families.*Design*power supply rectifiers, filters, and regulators.*Design*circuits for switching load devices.

**Textbook:** R. C. Jaeger and T. N. Blalock, *Microelectronic
Circuit Design**, 4th Ed.*, McGraw-Hill, 2011. ISBN #
978-0-07-338045-8.

**Laboratory Handbook:** R. B. Darling, *EE-331
Laboratory Handbook, Revision 6, September 2005*. Available from the
class website.

**Reference Texts**:

- P. W. Tuinenga,
*SPICE: A Guide to Circuit Simulation & Analysis Using PSPICE, 2nd ed*. Prentice-Hall, 1992. ISBN # 0-13-747270-6 - J. O. Attia,
*PSPICE and MATLAB for Electronics: An Integrated Approach*, CRC Press, 2002. ISBN # 0-8493-1263-9 - R. H. Bishop,
*Learning with LabVIEW 2009*, Pearson/Prentice-Hall/National Instruments, 2010. ISBN # 978-0-13-214131-4.

**Prerequisites by Topic: **

- DC and AC circuit theory
- Calculus and differential equations
- Hands-on experience with laboratory instruments

**Topics:**

I. The Physics of Electrical Conduction (Jaeger and
Blalock Chapters 1 and 2) [2 weeks]

Single Carrier Conduction;
Semiconductors and Energy Bands; Conduction Processes in Semiconductors;
Effects at Junctions

II. Semiconductor Diodes (Jaeger and Blalock Chapter 3) [3
weeks]

Construction and Characteristics;
Circuit Models; Circuit Analysis; Applications and Design

III. Field-Effect Transistors (Jaeger and Blalock Chapter
4) [3 weeks]

Construction and Characteristics;
Circuit Models; Circuit Analysis; Applications and Design

IV. Digital Logic Families (Jaeger and Blalock Chapters
6,7, and 8) [2 weeks]

Characteristics and Parameters; nMOS and pMOS Logic; CMOS Logic;
MOS Memory

**Course Structure:** The class meets for four lectures a week,
each consisting of 50-minutes. Homework is assigned weekly for a total of
9 assignments over the quarter. Two exams are given at the ends of the
4th and 8th weeks, and a comprehensive final exam is given at the end of the
quarter. Laboratory work constitutes a significant focus of the class and
is organized into smaller laboratory sections, typically 24 students divided
into 8 groups of 3 each, which meet weekly. The laboratory consists of an
introductory meeting the first week, six planned experiments over the next six
weeks of the quarter, and a comprehensive design project that occupies the last
three weeks of the quarter. The experiments consist of between 6 to 10
procedures that are chosen from the laboratory handbook and which vary from quarter
to quarter. A new design project is given each quarter which reinforces
the concepts, theory, and practice presented in the lectures and laboratory
experiments.

**Computer Resources:** SPICE is used for circuit simulation along
with schematic capture for circuit entry and component parameterization. Two options are available, depending upon the
instructor’s preference. The older (free,
but unsupported) legacy student evaluation version of OrCAD
(Cadence) Capture and PSPICE is still made available; however, the more
up-to-date National Instruments (Electronic Workbench) Multisim
and Ultiboard are fully supported with a Departmental
site license. National Instruments LabVIEW is
used for computer controlled data acquisition and instrument control, and it is
also supported by a College-wide educational site license. Capture,
PSPICE, Multisim, Ultiboard
and LabVIEW are available in all of the general
purpose computing laboratories in the EE Department.

**Laboratory Resources:** The main electronics laboratory in room EEB
137 supports this class with benches equipped with oscilloscopes, power
supplies, function generators, digital multimeters,
test leads, and computers equipped with GPIB controller and data acquisition
(DAQ) PCI cards. Laboratory parts kits are available from the EE Stores,
with sales of individual components as needed for the design projects.

**Grading: **Laboratory (30%), Homework (20%), Exam-1 (15%), Exam-2
(15%), Final Exam (20%)

**Outcome Coverage:**

(a) *An ability to apply knowledge of math, science and engineering.*
The homework, exams, and laboratory experiments require direct application of
mathematics, scientific, and engineering knowledge to successfully complete the
course. This includes component calculations, circuit analysis, device
modeling, computer modeling, and an in-depth knowledge of modern semiconductor
device operating characteristics. (High relevance to course)

(b) *An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze
and interpret data.*. Students conduct pre-designed experiments in the
first part of the laboratory work. In the second part, the students must
develop bench-top troubleshooting skills to successfully complete and test
their design project solutions, and hence design their own experiments as part
of this. (High relevance to course)

(c) *An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired
needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social,
political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.*
Approximately one half of the homework problems are design oriented, requiring
the students to specify components or a circuit topology to accomplish a given
specification. The laboratory concludes with a comprehensive, open-ended
design project in which the students apply the material that they have been
exposed to during the quarter to design, prototype, and test a small electronic
subsystem. (High relevance to course)

(e) *An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.*
The final design project is given as a set of specifications that the students'
design must meet. Therefore, they must identify the key limiting issues,
formulate a solution strategy, research and test their approach, and finally
prototype and test the design to prove that it works. This represents
the complete electronic engineering design cycle, albeit on a reduced scale
that is suitable for ten weeks. (High relevance to course)

(h) *The broad education necessary to understand the impact of
engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.*
Case studies of different engineering solutions are presented in class,
comparing the alternatives and methods that are enabled by different
technologies. This is specifically shown through examples of power supply
design tradeoffs and the evolution of digital logic families. (Medium
relevance to course)

(k) *An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering
tools necessary for engineering practice.*
Industry standard schematic capture and analog circuit simulation is
introduced and used in the class. State of the art electronic
instrumentation is used in the laboratory to give students hands-on experience
with this equipment. (Medium relevance to course)

**Prepared By:** R. Bruce Darling

**Last revised:** 12/15/2012