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6.012 is the header course for the department’s “Devices, Circuits and Systems” concentration.

The topics covered include modeling of microelectronic devices, basic microelectronic circuit analysis and design, physical electronics of semiconductor junction and MOS devices, relation of electrical behavior to internal physical processes, development of circuit models, and understanding the uses and limitations of various models. The course uses incremental and large-signal techniques to analyze and design bipolar and field effect transistor circuits, with examples chosen from digital circuits, single-ended and differential linear amplifiers, and other integrated circuits.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction to semiconductors, Unlimited
  • Excess populations and minimum carrier lifetime, Unlimited
  • The five basic equations Unlimited
  • P-n junctions in thermal equilibrium and under reverse bias, Unlimited
  • Review reverse biased junctions. Unlimited
  • Forward biased p-n junctions Unlimited
  • Bipolar junction transistors Unlimited
  • Solar cells and LEDs (light emitting diodes) Unlimited
  • MOS capacitors: the DA applied to two-terminal MOS capacitor accumulation, depletion, and inversion; VFB, VT, QA, and QN Unlimited
  • The three-terminal MOS capacitor. MOSFETs Unlimited
  • Complete GC/DA model for iDS Unlimited
  • Subthreshold operation of MOSFETs. Unlimited
  • Linear equivalent circuits for MOSFETs and BJTs at low and high frequency Unlimited
  • Logic inverter basics. Introduction to CMOS Unlimited
  • CMOS analysis, continued Unlimited
  • CMOS analysis, continued: subthreshold leakage, scaling rules, Unlimited
  • Linear amplifier basics Unlimited
  • Single-transistor building block stages Unlimited
  • Differential amplifiers Unlimited
  • Multi-stage amplifiers I Unlimited
  • Multi-stage amplifiers II Unlimited
  • Multi-stage amplifiers III Unlimited
  • Frequency response of CS amplifiers Unlimited
  • OCTC method for estimating frequency response Unlimited
  • MOS imagers. Semester wrap-up; life after 6.012. Unlimited

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