IN4170 – Microelectronics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
Integrated electronics is the backbone of the electronics revolution that started with the first integrated circuit in 1958 and at present is embodied by the smart-phones in everybodies pocket. Their central processing units contain billions of integrated transistors on a few square-millimeters. Furthermore, a plethora of integrated sensor interfaces and antenna drivers connect it with the real world.
The course gives an introduction to modern electronics (CMOS) technology and full custom integrated circuit design for both fundamental analog and digital circuits.
You shall learn the foundations of integrated circuit design, i.e the very basic circuits upon which all integrated electronics is built upon. This includes basic analog CMOS circuits including fundamental circuit analysis and the necessary signal processing tools, as well as the basic structure of digital logic gates and analysis of their performance limitations.
After the course you shall be able to:
- Conceive and design simple CMOS integrated cicuit schematics.
- Analyze and optimize simple CMOS integarted circuits such as simple amplifiers and logic gates
- Measure and characterize simple CMOS integrated circuits in an electronics lab.
- Understand and use circuit analysis concepts such as small signal analysis, gain, transfer function, bandwidth, gate delay, power delay product etc.
- The master level course pensum will include some extra reading and introduce a few extra integrated circuits such as for example rectifiers and voltage references or digital flipflops and latches
Admission to the course
Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with IN3170 – Microelectronics.
- 5 credits overlap with INF4411 – Analog microelectronics (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with INF4410 – Analog Microelectronics (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with INF4400 – Digital mikroelektronikk (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with INF3410 – Analog microelectronics (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with INF3400 – Digital nanoelektronikk (discontinued).
2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of excercesies a week, 3 mandatory labassignments (2h per week with lab assistant and free access to the lab otherwise).
1 labassignment is mandatory and must be approved before you can take the exam. Read more about requirements for submission of assignments, group work and legal cooperation under guidelines for mandatory assignments.
2 labassignments each contributing to the final grade ( see details under exam).
2 labassignments each contributing 20% to the final grade.
4 hours written digital exam contributing 60% of the points for the final grade.
1 labassignment is mandatory and must be approved before you can take the exam. All parts of exam must be passed and all parts must be passed in the same semester.
It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: IN3170 – Microelectronics
Examination support material
All written material.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.