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ENEE417 Microelectronic Design Laboratory

Course Description: This is an advanced laboratory course in which students design, build and test fairly sophisticated circuits that are mainly composed of discrete transistors and integrated circuits. There are various projects students may become involved in. Many of the projects are designed to require that students synthesize from what they have learned in a number of the disciplines in electrical engineering. Students learn they can actually use their knowledge to build something very practical, which may include a high-fidelity amplifier, a radio, a memory cell, a transmitter, etc. As teaching of the course rotates among Microelectronics faculty material differs from year to year with some instructors emphasizing automated testing.

Prerequisite(s): ENEE 303, ENEE 307

Corequisite(s): None

Course Objectives:

  • To give students hands-on opportunity to use their theoretical background in engineering to build fairly complex electronic circuits that actually work
  • To require students to synthesize information from numerous classes
  • To use mathematics, computer aided design, and precise engineering principles to design and construct modern circuits which often include: power supplies; audio power amplifier; video amplifiers; AM radio receivers; radio transmitters; memory cells
  • To learn means of automated testing

Topics Covered:

  • Analog circuits
  • Differential amplifiers
  • Audio/video amplifiers
  • Communications modules
  • Modulators-demodulators
  • RF receivers-transmitters
  • Computer modules: digital circuits
  • ECL
  • Memories
  • Automated testing