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X481.1: Introduction to Semiconductor Devices


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Type of Credit Academic Credit
Campus Department EECS
Level Lower Division
Number of Units 1
Level of Difficulty Level 2 (Beginning High)
Instructor Dr. Vincent Chang
Dr. Han-Bin Lin
Number of Lectures 10
Course Length 15 hours

Course Fee

US$ 375.00
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Course Description
During the last 60 years, there has been an extraordinary and steady progress in the semiconductor device technology with a tremendous expansion of the IC industry. As being intended for working professionals who have no background on semiconductor devices, this unique course addresses a wide range of pivotal concepts as well as underlying principles relating to the physical operation of semiconductor devices and instills students the simple framework by which a comprehensive picture hidden with some abstract device physics concepts can be digested. Topics include intrinsic/extrinsic semiconductors, energy bandgap, carrier transport phenomenon, pn junction, and individual research project covering two subjects: ultimate limits of integrated electronics and integrated strategy for foundry industry. You can apply those imperative concepts and skills to a wide variety of applications, including transistors such as CMOS and BJT, power devices, photonic devices, LED, lasers and sensors.


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Lecture Topic Soundtrack # of Slides
Course Overview_Physics of Semiconductor Devices  English / Mandarin 41 


Class Presentation
Lecture Topic # of Slides
Course Overview  41 
Bond Model vs. Energy Bands  75 
Doping of Semiconductors: Donors and Acceptors  53 
Principles for Analyzing Compensated Semiconductors  51 
Carrier Transport Phenomena: Drift Current  57 
Carrier Transport Phenomena: Diffusion Current  51 
Fundamental Physical Concepts of pn Junction  68 
Electrostatic Analysis of Depletion Region  74 
Minority Carrier Distributions: Concepts  62 
10  Electrostatics of Junction Capacitances  58 


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Who Should Attend

Many types of working professionals find this course both practical and interesting:

• Majored in EE but need to brush up on their knowledge in this area before advancing to the upper level course—X488: Semiconductor Devices for IC Design.
• Wish to enter the semiconductor market and are looking to acquire essential knowledge and build a solid foundation in this area.

Course Syllabus


You should possess a basic knowledge on science/chemistry/physics at the high school level, such as atoms, ions, electrons, charge, electric field, and potential.

You should possess a basic on math/calculus at the college freshman level, such as single-variable derivative and integration.


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