M.Sc. Thesis

Supervised thesis work in fundamental research or applied problems.
MSD 700

Analysis and Optimization of High-Performance Integrated Circuits

This course discusses issues that arise in the design and analysis of VLSI circuits at high speed. Technology scaling trends in CMOS. Power consumption and low power design. Interconnect design and delay modeling. Inductance effects. Static Timing Analysis. Noise. Thermal effects.
MSD 611

ASIC and FPGA Design

Overview of Computer Aided Design tool flow for ASIC and FPGA Design. Synthesis from hardware description languages and creation of finite state machines. Differences between FPGA and ASIC design flows. Exploration of concepts in several projects.

MSD 620

Computer-Aided IC Design

This course opens up the important CAD tools that perform the many steps of the transformation from high-level descriptions to masks. Mathematical models, algorithms, formulations and data structures. Algorithms for floor planning, circuit partitioning, placement and routing. Circuit simulation. Digital and mixed-mode simulation. Optimization. Statistical IC design.
MSD 640

Directed Study

In this course, students follow an in-depth directed study in a given topic or field of their choice under the close supervision of a faculty member. If the topic or field of study is in an area of specialization in Microelectronics, it may count towards the Specialized MSD (or Depth) requirement. Otherwise, it may count towards the Elective (or Breadth) requirement. A student may repeat the
MSD 689

Embedded Systems and IOT

Overview of the concept of the Internet of Things at a high level, defining the term and outlining its implications. This module discusses the roles of both the hardware and software components in the system. The functions of standard hardware components are described, and the interface between the software and hardware through the microcontroller is explained. IoT devices often use an operating
MSD 670

Fundamental of Research

This course focuses on the fundamental skills required for research, like how to write a paper and the meaning of Scopus and SCI. What is the difference between journals and conferences? Some basic statistics will be covered.
MSD 650

Integrated Circuit Engineering

IC Technology. Basic processing technology and layout fundamentals. Design and layout of MOS and BJT transistors, capacitors, and resistors. Memory technology: static and dynamic RAMs, ROMs, CAMs. Models for computer aided analysis. Economics of large scale integration.

MSD 601

RF Microelectronics

Introduction to the design of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs). Transceiver architectures, transistor models, passive component models, MOS and bipolar low-noise amplifiers, mixers, voltage-controlled oscillators, phase-locked loops, and baseband circuits.
MSD 631

Selected Topics in Microelectronics System Design

This course is tailored to introduce students to the latest advances in various fields of Microelectronics System Design, and/or to focus on a specific area of particular interest to the discipline. Contents of the course may vary from one semester to another. A student may repeat the course for credit, provided that the selection of topics is different. Repeating the course for credit requires
MSD 680

Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS

This course introduces fabrication and design fundamentals for on-chip sensor and actuator systems having micron-scale dimensions. Basic principles covered include microstructure fabrication, silicon and thin-film materials mechanics, electrostatic force, capacitive motion detection, fluidic damping, piezoelectricity, piezo resistivity, and thermal micromechanics. Applications covered include
MSD 602

VLSI and Full Custom Design

This course focuses on designing digital IC blocks in CMOS technology from the bottom up. Design rules and layout static, dynamic pass gates, and other logic families. Sequential circuits, arithmetic circuits, data path structure, and memories. Interconnect and I/O design. Clock and power distribution networks, testing and reliability. Design of cutting-edge VLSI chip. Teams of 3 to 5 students
MSD 610

Analog Integrated Circuit Design

This course will familiarize students with advanced analog integrated circuit (IC) design issues highlighting major analog building blocks and circuit techniques. Specific topics include MOSFET device modeling, noise analysis, op-amp design and compensation, and reference circuits. Special attention is given to analog-to-digital converters, and digital-to-analog converters.
MSD 630