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The aim of the subject is to provide theoretical and practical treatment of high-speed electronics. Through the subject, students will grasp the fundamental properties and models of high-speed signals and interconnects, acquire high-speed digital design skills with a focus on the modelling, analysis, design and application of high speed transistors, logic gates and modern logic families, and master the high-speed analogue design capability including the design of oscillators and filters for RF applications. The students will be exposed to the state-of-the-art technologies that are shaping the fast evolving semiconductor industry.
The topics include:
- Fundamental properties of analogue systems;
- Smith charts: principles and applications;
- High-speed analogue circuits: voltage control oscillators, matching networks, and low noise amplifiers;
- Bipolar junction transistors: device, switching, and logic;
- CMOS: device, switching and logic;
- High-speed signalling consideration: power dissipation, heat, signal propagation, and termination.
Intended learning outcomes
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)
Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:
- Understand the properties and fundamental limitations of high speed electronic systems in terms of the underlying physical principles
- Quantitatively model and analyse high speed electronic systems and interconnects in both the digital and analogue domain
- Simulate the behaviour of high speed electronic systems using software tools
- Conduct basic test procedures for high speed signals and systems
On completion of this subject, students will develop the following skills:
- Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;
- In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline;
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
- Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance;
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
- Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large.
Last updated: 31 January 2024