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Device modeling and digital circuit architectures


Programme (detailed contents):

The next concepts will be taught in detail during courses and laboratory work:

-the electronic phenomena in semiconductor devices and circuits

-the structure of MOS,CMOS and logical gates

-the modeling of transistors (MOS, bipolaire) and their environment sensitive parameters

-the CMOS implementation of logical functions. The high-speed, low power and gate clocking issues for CMOS gates will be presented

-the VHDL language and model for digital systems

-the synthesis and FPGA implementation of digital architectures

-the performance optimization, especially in power consumption and frequency for digital architectures


These concepts will be first presented during courses. Supervised exercised are then proposed on these topics. Laboratory classes are proposed to illustrate the main concepts. A part of laboratory classes are organized in a project on the design and performance optimization of digital systems. In this part the students will use a real world specification of a digital system (Ethernet controller, microprocessor).

Lectures slides, exercises and laboratory specifications will be given to students.


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

-the electronic device and digital electronic systems modelling

-the issue of the integration of electronic circuits

-the design and performance optimisation of digital architectures

The student will be able to understand the models of main electronics active devices and digital complex architectures. The student will be prepared for the future technological breakout in their professional life.

Needed prerequisite

Electrical circuits, electrostatics, analog and digital electronics, digital hardware.

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...