Course Syllabus for

Modern Electronics
Modern Elektronik

ETIN70F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2018
Decided by: Professor Thomas Johansson
Date of establishment: 2018-09-11

General Information

Division: Electrical and Information Technology
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: ETIN70
Teaching language: English


Modern electronics is both research on coming technologies and the foundation of industrial applications of established technology. The course provides basic knowledge in components and electronics and gives an overview of different established technologies. The course also provides a basis for new research concepts such as neuromorphic systems as well as advanced digital and analogue circuit design for IoT and 5G technology. Especially, the course aims to make available for students of varying background knowledge to study advanced courses in both materials driven electronics development and advanced circuit design, for example High Speed Devices, Nanoelectronics, and Analog IC Design. The main theme in the course is the MOS transistor which is the dominant device used in commercial applications. The course provides a physics based description of the MOS transistor and describes its integration in basic amplifier stages. Bipolar junction transistors will be discussed. The frequency dependent propertiesof both the MOS transistor and the amplifiers will be treated. Digital circuit applications based on the MOS transistor will also be discussed.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must understand why different transistor technologies are used for various applications

Course Contents

Introduction to semiconductors, charge carriers, transport and the pn-junction. The large and small signal models for bipolar junction and MOS transistors. Short channel effects in modern devices. Single stage amplifiers, feed-back amplifiers, cascode amplifiers, power amplifiers and OP-amplifiers. Frequency response and bandwidth. The cource includes two compulsory laboratory exercises, one experimental on individual transistors and one focused on circuit simulations.

Course Literature

A. S. Sedra, K. C. Smith: Microelectronic Circuits, 7th edition.. Oxford university press. ISBN 9780199339136.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, project

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: FFFF01 Electronic Materials or FFFF05 Solid state physics

Further Information

Course Coordinator: Johannes Svensson

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