EE 5345, Summer 2003 (Syllabus Draft)

Semiconductor Device and Process Simulation

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Instructor:  Professor R. L. Carter,,, 532 Nedderman, office hours: 9:30 to 10:30 AM Monday and Wednesday, 817/273-3466, fax 817/272-2253. 

GTA:  Siddharth Nashiney <>

Course Learning Goals and Objectives:  To be able numerically simulate integrated circuit structures and devices (while understanding the limitations of the results obtained) with commercial Poisson equation solvers.

Class Meetings:  Mon/Wed, 10:30 to 12:20 AM, 202 Nedderman Hall.

Attendance Policy:  Attendance at every class session for the entire 110-minute period is strongly advised.  There will be no videotapes of the lectures available. Assignment 1 as given below must be submitted or you will be dropped from class. Some lectures will be posted at

Workstation Labs:  SunSolaris (Gamma2) – ELB

Text (On order for the Science and Engineering Library):

·         Semiconductor Device Physics and Simulation, by Yuan and Liou, 0306457245, ©1998, Plenum Press.  Listed as T in the assignments.

Device Simulation Reference:  (If on reserve in the Science and Engineering Library, markedR)

·         RSemiconductor Devices: A Simulation Approach, by Kevin M. Kramer and W. Nicholas G. Hitchon, ISBN 013614330X, ©1997, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ. Listed as KH in the assignments.

·         Medici User Manual, ©2003, Synopsis, Inc.  Listed as UM in the assignments.

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

·         Device Electronics for Integrated Circuits, 3rd ed., by Richard S. Muller and Theodore I. Kamins with Mansun Chan, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1986.  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.

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 is available by download from Orcad or from the UTA HKN chapter chapter at

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

Use of e-mail:  Updates of class information are sent by e-mail. A log of e-mail messages sent to EE5345 students by me will appear at  Always include the course number, EE5345, in the Subject line of e-mail messages to me.  Do Assignment 1 on the first class day.

Projects, Tests and Grading Formula:

·         The class will be conducted in a Seminar format.  Each student will be making presentations of material from the text, and grades will be determined by presentations and class participation.

·         The Final Exam will be a Written Summary Project Report due at noon August 11 (532 Nedderman).

Grading Scale: 

·         A = 90 and above

·         B = 75 to 89

·         C = 60 to 74

·         D = 50 to 59

·         F = 49 and below

Project Assignments: TBD

Lectures: Lecture notes, when published, are at

Course Schedule and Assignments: See below for seminar presentation assignments.  The guidelines for presentations are:

1.      Each presentation should summarize the material assigned in 10 to 15 minutes.  Time will be allowed at the end of the presentation for questions and answers. 

2.      Be sure to include the typical or default values MEDICI uses for parameters when the parameters are introduced in your presentation.

3.      Define the physical meaning of variables like J (current density), E (electric field), etc., when introduced in your presentation. 

4.      Send your PowerPoint files to Siddharth Nashiney <> for posting on the web site. 

5.      Your PowerPoint files will need to be updated with changes suggested in class.






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2.       Quizzes and tests are open book (must have a legally obtained copy-no Xerox copies) OR one handwritten page of notes. Calculator allowed.

3.       There will be no make-up, or early exams given. Attendance is required for all tests.

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6.       If identical papers are submitted by different students, the grade earned will be divided among all identical papers.

7.       A paper submitted for regrading will be compared to a copy of the original paper.  If changed, points will be deducted.