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ELEC870 – High Performance IC Design

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Sourabh Khandelwal
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MEng
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
From modern telecommunications to tablet computing and from mobile handsets to the cloud, the limits of integrated circuit technology are being pushed to the limits of what is possible in terms of speed, size, and power. Beyond the IC itself, packaging concerns, both electrical and thermal, provide additional constraints in the design of the modern high performance integrated circuit. This unit will be taught from the research of both resident and visiting staff as well as from the latest research around the world.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Develop understanding of different semiconductor technologies
  2. 2. Ability to perform IC design in multiple semiconductor technologies
  3. 3. Develop proficiency in using standard EDA tools for IC design with multiple technologies
  4. 4. Develop proficiency in technology(device) simulator to understand technology tradeoffs
  5. 5. Demonstrate self-learning, time-management, technical report writing, and project management, individually and in a group setting

General Assessment Information

Late submission of project report will lose 10% marks per day after the deadline

In order to pass this unit a student must obtain a mark of 50 or more overall to obtain a passing grade P/ CR/ D/ HD.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Mid Term Exam 20% TBA
Final Design Project 55% Week 14
Final exam 25% TBA

Mid Term Exam

Due: TBA
Weighting: 20%

In-class 1 hour mid-term exam


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Develop understanding of different semiconductor technologies

Final Design Project

Due: Week 14
Weighting: 55%

Design project including: report and power point presentation of the achieved results.

Report should include theory of device technologies used for design, theoretical calculation of the design, simulation results and conclusions.

55% weight on project will be judged based on following aspects:

Report:

Theory of device technology and its understanding in report : 15%

Theoretical calculation on the design in report: 10%

Simulation results in report: 15%

Presentation:

Ability to explain design and technology trade-offs in presentation: 15%  

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Develop understanding of different semiconductor technologies
  • 2. Ability to perform IC design in multiple semiconductor technologies
  • 3. Develop proficiency in using standard EDA tools for IC design with multiple technologies
  • 4. Develop proficiency in technology(device) simulator to understand technology tradeoffs
  • 5. Demonstrate self-learning, time-management, technical report writing, and project management, individually and in a group setting

Final exam

Due: TBA
Weighting: 25%

Written 2 hour final exam.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Develop understanding of different semiconductor technologies
  • 2. Ability to perform IC design in multiple semiconductor technologies
  • 4. Develop proficiency in technology(device) simulator to understand technology tradeoffs

Delivery and Resources

Course will have content from multiple sources including books and research papers.

Reference Books:

RF power amplifiers for Wireless Communications (S Cripps), Artech Publishers

Introduction to Device Modeling and Circuit Simulation (T. A. Fjeldly, T. Ytterdal, M. S. Shur), Wiley

Other material:

Series of engineering journal references

EDA tools which will be used :

Silvaco semiconductor technology(device) simulator

AWR circuit simulator

Semiconductor Technologies which will be covered: GaAs, GaN, Silicon LDMOS technology

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

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Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop understanding of different semiconductor technologies
  • 2. Ability to perform IC design in multiple semiconductor technologies
  • 3. Develop proficiency in using standard EDA tools for IC design with multiple technologies
  • 4. Develop proficiency in technology(device) simulator to understand technology tradeoffs
  • 5. Demonstrate self-learning, time-management, technical report writing, and project management, individually and in a group setting

Assessment tasks

  • Mid Term Exam
  • Final Design Project
  • Final exam

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • 5. Demonstrate self-learning, time-management, technical report writing, and project management, individually and in a group setting

Assessment task

  • Final Design Project

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop understanding of different semiconductor technologies
  • 2. Ability to perform IC design in multiple semiconductor technologies
  • 3. Develop proficiency in using standard EDA tools for IC design with multiple technologies
  • 4. Develop proficiency in technology(device) simulator to understand technology tradeoffs
  • 5. Demonstrate self-learning, time-management, technical report writing, and project management, individually and in a group setting

Assessment tasks

  • Mid Term Exam
  • Final Design Project
  • Final exam

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop understanding of different semiconductor technologies
  • 2. Ability to perform IC design in multiple semiconductor technologies
  • 3. Develop proficiency in using standard EDA tools for IC design with multiple technologies
  • 4. Develop proficiency in technology(device) simulator to understand technology tradeoffs
  • 5. Demonstrate self-learning, time-management, technical report writing, and project management, individually and in a group setting

Assessment tasks

  • Mid Term Exam
  • Final Design Project
  • Final exam

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Assessment task

  • Final Design Project

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop understanding of different semiconductor technologies
  • 4. Develop proficiency in technology(device) simulator to understand technology tradeoffs
  • 5. Demonstrate self-learning, time-management, technical report writing, and project management, individually and in a group setting

Assessment tasks

  • Mid Term Exam
  • Final Design Project
  • Final exam