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    Certificate Program in Integrated-Circuit Design and Techniques

    Lower Division (Freshman/Sophomore) Courses

  • X30: Intro to Microelectronic Theory and Applications
    UC Berkeley Campus Credit: 1 semester unit in EECS
  • X31: Fundamentals of Integrated-Circuit Design
    UC Berkeley Campus Credit: 1 semester unit in EECS
  • X32: Intro to Physics of Semiconductor Devices
    UC Berkeley Campus Credit: 1 semester unit in EECS
  • X33: Fundamentals of Analog Microelectronic Technique
    UC Berkeley Campus Credit: 1 semester unit in EECS

  • Upper Division (Junior/Senior) Courses

  • X134: Digital Integrated-Circuit Design
    UC Berkeley Campus Credit: 2 semester units in EECS

  • Graduate School Courses

  • X236: Fundamentals of Modern Data Converter Design
    UC Berkeley Campus Credit: 1 semester unit in EECS
  • X237: Design Techniques of High-Performance Data Converters
    UC Berkeley Campus Credit: 1 semester unit in EECS

  • Professional Post-Graduate Course

  • X405: Effective SPICE Circuit Simulation Techniques
    1 semester unit in EE

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X480: Introduction to Microelectronics


With the consistent advances in nanotechnology, microelectronics is indisputably one of the most influential industries in our society. Taking an application-oriented approach, the instructor will present an overview in the realm of analog and digital integrated circuits. While starting from the most frequently used and applicable semiconductor device and circuit theories, the instructor will gradually channel them into more complex circuit schematics and application modules such as amplifiers, operational amplifiers with bipolar and CMOS technologies, digital inverters, precision rectifiers, voltage regulators, and biasing techniques of amplifiers.


X481: Introduction to Microelectronic Circuits


This course reveals underlying concepts and industry-standard simulation tools for IC design, emphasizes the operational amplifier characteristics, and highlights the practical amplifier behaviors in the frequency domain. Designed for technical professionals, this course provides a practical blend of understanding analog circuit essence and properties through analysis-by-inspection and PSPICE simulation. Topics include basic operational amplifier (OPAMP) circuits and applications, s-domain analysis, bandwidth and slew rate limitations, and analyzing frequency limitations of amplifiers – a pivotal foundation for advancing to more intricate IC design topics such as oscillators and filters.


X481.1: Introduction to Semiconductor Devices


Working from the essential knowledge of semiconductors, the instructor illustrates some industry jargons, such as energy bandgap and minority carriers, and transforms them to powerful concepts that unveil the mysterious behaviors of semiconductor devices. Topics include: intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, carrier transport, and PN junction. An individual research project covers controversial subjects: ultimate limits of integrated electronics, and integrated strategy for confronting commoditization in the foundry industry. You can apply those concepts to many applications, including CMOS, BJT, LED and sensors.


X483: Semiconductor IC Amplifiers


Create a unique recipe for developing intuitive skills for analyzing microelectronic circuits – without doing lots of intricate mathematics. While some of the instructors or textbooks use the classical approach that requires a tedious derivation, which becomes more cumbersome when facing a complex circuit, this course’s approach offers an alternative by focusing on the analysis-by-inspection method. Topics covered include: low-frequency BJT and MOS amplifiers, amplifier frequency response, high-frequency analysis-by-inspection vs. SPICE simulation, and case studies/homework by which you will explore some inspiring or challenging analog circuits.


X484: Digital ICs


This state-of-the-art course begins with the solid understanding of digital operation principles and gradually channels into more complex entities, such as multiplexers and flash memory. Featuring in-depth illustration and broad discussions, this course distills essential concepts, SPICE verification, and design skills from CMOS, ECL, and BiCMOS logic, to memory design. This unique course provide you an opportunity working on a research project to address the compelling issues in cutting-edge technologies including embedded SRAM (eSRAM), non-volatile memory, and high-speed embedded DRAM.


X485: Computer Simulation of Electronic Circuits


Learn the industry-standard tools for tomorrow’s solutions. Gain hands-on experience using SPICE to simulate, verify, examine, and design microelectronic circuits. Illustrating the techniques to fully leverage SPICE, this course offers in-depth coverage ranging from semiconductor devices to analog and digital ICs. Also providing an opportunity to conduct a design project covering wide-swing constant-transconductance bias, advanced comparators, and sequential digital circuits, such as master slave DFFs and C²MOS latch, this unique course will bring you an interactive online learning experience and a higher level of proficiency.


X486: Fundamental Mixed-Signal Design


Ever-increasing applications on signal-processing such as video and wireless communications demand high speed and high resolution data converter techniques. Teaching you how to become a more professional engineer through a practical online learning of diagnosing and tackling real-world issues, Dr. Chang will arm you with the solid foundation to reach a higher standard of proficiency. This course is intended for practitioners who have industry experiences or knowledge background on electronics and are interested in upgrading their hands-on design skills in the modern techniques for the data conversion. Include data converter fundamentals, characterization, performance limitations, and Nyquist-rate D/A and A/D converters.


X487: Mixed-Signal Design


Completely updated to reflect the extraordinary advances in the data converters, this course sets the professional online learning standard in the IC design sphere. This course is intended for practitioners who have experience in analog design or knowledge background on electronics and are interested in upgrading their design skills in data converters. Topics include: Nyquist-rate DACs, investigation of INL and DNL, Nyquist-rate ADCs, and design issues in Nyquist-rate ADCs.

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