**Title:** Devices and Circuits 1

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

**Coordinator:** Robert Bruce Darling, Professor, Electrical and Computer 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*circuits for switching load devices and simple logic functions.

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

**Laboratory Handbook:** R. B. Darling, *EE-331 Laboratory Handbook, Revision 7,
September 2014*. Available from the class website.

**Reference Texts:**

- P. W. Tuinenga,
*SPICE: A Guide to Circuit Simulation Analysis Using PSPICE, 2*Prentice-Hall, 1992. ISBN # 0-13-747270-6.^{nd}Ed., - 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:**

- Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering (EE-215),
- Circuit Theory (EE-233),
- Calculus and differential equations, and
- 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 (as time permits)

**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%)

**ABET Student Outcome Coverage:** This course addresses the following outcomes:

H = high relevance, M = medium relevance, L = low relevance to course.

(1) *An ability to identify, formulate,
and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering,
science, and mathematics.* **(H)** The homework, exams, and laboratory
experiments require direct application of mathematics, scientific, and
engineering knowledge, which includes component calculations, circuit analysis,
device modeling, computer modeling, and an in-depth knowledge of modern
semiconductor device operating characteristics.The solution to most of
the homework and laboratory problems involves selecting appropriate devices and
a circuit topology and then developing the design to meet the required
performance needs.

(2) *An ability to apply engineering
design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of
public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental,
and economic factors.* **(M)** Approximately one half of the
homework problems are design oriented, requiring the students to specify
components and a circuit topology to meet the given specifications. The
laboratory concludes with a comprehensive, open-ended design project in which
the students must design, prototype, and test a small electronic subsystem with
considerations of cost, efficiency, and performance tradeoffs.

(6) *An ability to develop and conduct
appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering
judgment to draw conclusions.* **(M)** The course involves hands-on laboratory work in which
experimentation is a necessary component, largely in the form of bench-top
troubleshooting of circuits. Students
must analyze and interpret the results of their own experiments to develop
their understanding of device and circuit behavior and create properly functioning
electronic systems.

**Prepared by:** R. Bruce Darling

**Last revised:** 12/05/2018