EE 5342, Spring 2011 [v.2.0]

Semiconductor Device Modeling and Characterization

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Instructor: Professor R. L. Carter,,  532 Nedderman Hall, (office hours: 10 to 1050 Tu/W/Th or see schedule to request an appointment), 817/273-3466, fax 817/272-2253. 

GTA: Sharath Patil <>. Office: 219 ELB. Office Hours: M/W: 12-1 PM. Tu: 11-12.

Course Learning Goals and Objectives:  To model and characterize integrated circuit structures and devices using SPICE and SPICE-like descriptions of the devices.

Class Meetings: MWF, 11:00 to 11:50 PM, 108 Nedderman Hall. Some classes will meet longer.

Attendance Policy: Attendance at every class session for the entire 50-minute period is strongly advised.   Lectures in *.ppt format will be posted by 8 AM the day of class at 

Use of e-mail: See Note 12 below.

Modeling Software: Agilent IC-CAPTM will be used extensively. It is accessible on The Friday class sessions will primarily be devoted to simulation and characterization demonstrations and exercises.

Text (On reserve in the Science and Engineering Library):  Semiconductor Device Modeling with SPICE, 2nd ed., by Paolo Antognetti and Giuseppe Massobrio, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1993, ISBN 0071349553 (paperback) or 007 0024693 (hardback).  Listed as T in the assignments.

Device Characterization References: (On reserve in the Science and Engineering Library):

·         Introduction to Device Modeling and Circuit Simulation, by Tor A. Fjeldly, Trond Ytterdal, and Michael Shur, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1998.

·         Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization, by Dieter K. Schroder, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1990.  Listed as S in the assignments. This text emphasizes primarily material characterization, so select device modeling topics primarily.

Spice References: (Books on reserve in the Science and Engineering Library are markedR.)

·         RMicroSim PSpice for Windows, 2nd ed, by Goody, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., ©1998.

·         RComputer-Aided Circuit Analysis Using PSpice by Walter Banzhaf, Regents/Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, ©1992

·         RSPICE: A Guide to Circuit Simulation and Analysis Using PSpice, 3rd ed., by Paul W. Tuinenga, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, ©1995.

·         Schematic Capture with MicroSim Pspice: for Windows 3.1, 4th Ed., by Herniter, ©2000, Prentice-Hall

·         PSpiceTM v8 or v9 are useful for some practice examples. A Google search will give sites for download.

·         Prof. Dillon's excellent tutorial for PSpiceTM is at

Device Electronics References: (On reserve in the Science and Engineering Library)

·         Device Electronics for Integrated Circuits, 3rd ed., by Richard S. Muller, Theodore I. Kamins, and Mansun Chan, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 2003.  ISBN: 0-471-59398-2.  Listed as D in the assignments.

·         Devices for Integrated Circuits : Silicon and III-V Compound  Semiconductors, by H. Craig Casey, John Wiley, New York, 1999. Listed as DI in the assignments.

Projects, Tests and Grading Formula (Sample tests are posted at

·         60% total for projects (see syllabus for due dates for each project – 30% each for P1 (3/11) and P2 (4/22). (Dates in () are when a test on the project will be given and the due dates for the project to be turned in.)

·         20% total, one mid-term (MT – February 18)

·         20% for final (FN (individually chosen project) – May 9 – required)

i.e., the grade will be computed from the formula, Grade = (P1 + P2)*0.3 + (MT + FN)*0.2

Grading Scale: 

·         A = 90 and above

·         B = 75 to 89

·         C = 60 to 74

·         D = 50 to 59

·         F = 49 and below

Project Assignments: Project assignments will be posted at  A device of the student's choice will be used for P3 – by arrangement with the instructor.  Project format and written content will be discussed and will be included in the grade.

(Lecture notes, when published, are at




Important Dates

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Semiconductor Electronics Review


Friday, January 21, 2011


T(Appendix A.1), D(Ch 1)


Monday, January 24, 2011


DI(Chs 2&3), S(Chs 1 & 2)


Wednesday, January 26, 2011




Friday, January 28, 2011




Monday, January 31, 2011


P-N and Schottky diodes, and contacts

Monday, February 07, 2011



Census Date on Feb. 8

Friday, February 11, 2011


T(Appendix A.2, Ch 1 and Appendix C); D(Ch 3, 4 and 5)

Monday, February 14, 2011


DI(Chs 4, 5 & 6), S(Chs 3 & 4.1-4.3)


Wednesday, February 16, 2011




Friday, February 18, 2011


Project 1 assigned


Monday, February 21, 2011




Wednesday, February 23, 2011




Friday, February 25, 2011




Monday, February 28, 2011


Bipolar junction transistors


Wednesday, March 02, 2011


T(Chs 2 & 5); D(Ch 6 & 7)


Friday, March 04, 2011


DI(Ch 9), S(Chs 4 & 5)


Monday, March 07, 2011




Wednesday, March 09, 2011




Friday, March 11, 2011


Project due and in-class exam on project (Project 2 assigned)

Monday, March 21, 2011



Spring Vacation 3/14 to 3/18

Wednesday, March 23, 2011




Friday, March 25, 2011




Monday, March 28, 2011


MOSFETs -T(Chs 4 & 6); D(Ch 8, 9 & 10)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


DI(Chs 7 & 8), S(Chs 4.6, 5.3 & 6)


Friday, April 01, 2011



Last day to drop class, 4/1

Monday, April 04, 2011




Wednesday, April 06, 2011




Friday, April 08, 2011




Monday, April 11, 2011


Project 3 device proposal due.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011




Friday, April 15, 2011




Monday, April 18, 2011


Project 3 assigned


Wednesday, April 20, 2011




Friday, April 22, 2011


Project due and take-home exam on project

Monday, April 25, 2011




Wednesday, April 27, 2011




Friday, April 29, 2011


MESFETs, HEMTs and HBTs T(Ch 9.1); D(Ch 4.5)

Monday, May 02, 2011


DI(Chs 5.6.4, 6.7, 6.8, and 9.9), S(Ch 4.7)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011




Friday, May 06, 2011



Last class

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Proj. 3 due and in-class exam on proj. (11:00 AM to 1:30 PM)




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