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EEE3020 : Electronic Devices

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Anthony O'Neill
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide to specialist knowledge of electronic devices. To enable students to have a better understanding of state-of-the-art devices (e.g. transistors). To enable students to compare competing electronic technologies.

Outline Of Syllabus

*) Introduction to electronic devices. Electronic system exemplar: smartphone. Review of semiconductor properties, sheet resistance.
*) Junctions. Metal-semiconductor junction, Schottky contact, Ohmic contact. p-n junction, LED, photodiode, Smartphone: camera, optical and electromechanical sensors.
*) MOS Junction, MOS electrostatics, depletion accumulation and inversion, MOS C-V curve.
*) MOSFET mode of operation, I-V characteristic, delay time, sub-threshold, transistor and IC cross sections.
*) CMOS: Short channel effects, impact of scaling of electrical characteristics, threshold Voltage, DIBL, scaling strategies, limits to scaling.
*) Carrier transport, transconductance degradation, mobility, velocity-field, universal mobility, field dependence.
*) MOSFET Evolution, STI and LOCOS isolation, metal and polysilicon gates, LDD, parasitics, halo doping, retrograde doping, strained Si, High-k dielectrics, physical and economic scale/complexity of semiconductor devices, evolution, ITRS.
*) Bipolar Transistor, dc characteristic, Early effect, Gummel plot, Bipolar evolution, heterojunction bipolar (HBT).
*) III-V compound semiconductors, properties of silicon versus other semiconductors, MESFET, mode of operation, I-V characteristic, heterojunctions, MODFETs, I-V characteristic
*) Displays, OLED, touchscreen, digitizer (smartphone)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study162:0062:00Writing up lecture notes referencing text books; tutorial questions; reflecting on lecture material.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PHY3026Electronic Devices
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE8123Advanced Electronic Devices1N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their knowledge and skills developed from the lecture course material.

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