Micro- and Nanoelectronic Circuit Design

Pääaine suomeksi: Mikro- ja nanoelektroniikkasuunnittelu
Huvudämne på svenska: Mikro- ja nanoelektronikdesign
Code: ELEC3036
Credits: 65 ECTS
Responsible professors: Jussi Ryynänen and Kari Halonen

Objectives and learning outcomes

Integrated circuits are the enablers of the complex functionality embedded in all present day electronic devices. Combining logic, processors, memory, analog and digital signal processing and radio frequency communications electronics have provided miniaturiased implementations of functions that decades ago could not be even dreamed of. In future, it is envisioned that number of integrated circuits per person will continue to increase rapidly simply because the emerging ubiquitous intelligence in all areas of life can not be implemented without them. There is no application that could run without electronic hardware platform.

To be able to design integrated circuits for in embedded devices, the designers needs to handle not only the the theory of electronics,  but also the design flow principles, tools, and understand the various abstraction layers of the design presentations. For example, designing he analog front-end amplifier that directly connects to brain sensor, or the RF front-end connecting to antenna, requires understanding of transistor and transmission line models for analog custom circuit and layout design. On the other hand,  implementing digital digital circuits, such as processors, DSP accelerators and high speed digital interconnects necessitate the knowledge on hardware efficient implementation methods of signal processing algorithms and good coding practices for hardware description languages, added with capability of efficient and highly automated usage of implementation and verification tool chains.

After completing the major the student knows the most common technologies used in the integrated circuit design. He understand the operation and theory of common circuits used in the circuit design. He knows the design tools used in the design flow and can utilize the functionalities of these programs. He understand the analog, RF and digital circuits. The optional courses in the major will complement student knowledge in the chosen field. The student is able to design integrated circuit blocks from specifications to producible layout.

Content of the major

Code

Course

ECTS

Teaching period

Compulsory courses  common for the Programme; 25 ects

 

ELEC-E0100  

Introduction to Master’s Studies at Aalto Elec

0

I-II

ELEC-E4110

Introduction to Nano and Radio Sciences

5

I-II

ELEC-E3120

Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits

5

I-II

ELEC-E4130

Electromagnetic fields

5

I-II

ELEC-E3140

Semiconductor Physics

5

I-II

ELEC-E3150

Mathematical Methods

5

I-II

Compulsory courses for this Major; 30 ects

ELEC-E3510

Basics of IC design

5

III

ELEC-E3520

Digital Microelectronics I

5

III

ELEC-E3530

Integrated Analog Systems

5

IV-V

ELEC-E3540

Digital Microelectronics II

5

IV-V

ELEC-E3550

Integrated RF-circuit

5

IV-V

ELEC-E3560

IC Design Project

5

IV-V

Optional courses; choose 10 ECTS according to the instructons below

 

The 10 credits of technical courses can be chosen from any other major in the Master's programmes arranged in School of Electrical Engineering. These can include for example, radio engineering, signal processing, nanotechnology etc. If you want to include courses from other schools this must be agreed with professors in charge of this major.

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