Selected Technical Electives


  • 6.374: Digital Integrated Circuit Design and Analysis

    Device and circuit level optimization of digital building blocks. MOS device models including Deep Sub-Micron effects. Circuit design styles for logic, arithmetic, and sequential blocks. Estimation and minimization of energy consumption. Interconnect models and parasitics, device sizing and logical effort, timing issues (clock skew and jitter), and active clock distribution techniques. Memory architectures, circuits (sense amplifiers), and devices.

  • 6.376: Low Power Bioelectronics

    Comprehensive introduction to analog microelectronic design with an emphasis on ultra-low-power electronics, biomedical electronics, and bio-inspired electronics. Device physics of the MOS transistor, including subthreshold operation and scaling to nanometer processes. Ultra-low-noise, RF, sensor, actuator, and feedback circuits. System examples vary from year to year and include implantable and noninvasive biomedical systems, circuits inspired by neurobiology or cell biology, micromechanical systems (MEMS), and biological sensing and actuating systems. Class project involves a complete design of a VLSI chip, including layout, verification, design-rule checking, and SPICE simulation.

  • 6.720: Integrated Microelectronic Devices

    Covers physics of microelectronic semiconductor devices for integrated circuit applications. Topics include semiconductor fundamentals, p-n junction, metal-oxide semiconductor structure, metal-semiconductor junction, MOS field-effect transistor, and bipolar junction transistor. Studies modern nanoscale devices, including electrostatic scaling, materials beyond Si, carrier transport from the diffusive to the ballistic regime. Emphasizes physical understanding of device operation through energy band diagrams and short-channel MOSFET device design.

  • 6.555: Biomedical Signal and Image Processing

    Fundamentals of digital signal processing with particular emphasis on problems in biomedical research and clinical medicine. Basic principles and algorithms for data acquisition, imaging, filtering, and feature extraction. Laboratory projects provide practical experience in processing physiological data, with examples from cardiology, speech processing, and medical imaging.

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  • ENEL 574: Microwave Transistor Amplifiers and Oscillators

    Theory and design of microwave transistor amplifiers and oscillators for wireless and satellite communications applications. Modelling and analysis of lumped and distributed RF networks, Analysis and design of passive structures and impedance matching networks, Perform power, noise and distortion calculations for communications systems, Analysis and design of small signal amplifiers and low noise and balanced amplifiers. Prototyping using printed circuit board technology, introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools and Computer Aided Testing Equipment.

  • ENEL 567: CMOS Analog Circuit Design

    Introduction to CMOS very large-scale integrated (VLSI) circuit design. Review of MOS transistor theory and operation. Introduction to CMOS circuits. CMOS processing, VLSI design methods and tools. CMOS subsystem and system design for linear integrated circuits.

  • ENEL 569: Electronic Systems and Applications

    Introduction to electronic systems; the four elements of electronic monitoring systems; system modelling; sensors; amplifiers; noise characterization; power supplies; frequency conditioning; active filters; analog to digital conversion and anti-aliasing requirements; multichannel data acquisition; real-time conditioning of signals; real-time control.

  • ENEL 562: Photovoltaics Systems Engineering

    Prospect of photovoltaics in Canada; solar radiation; fudamentals of solar cell; photovoltaic system design; grid connected photovoltaic systems; mechanical and environmental considerations.

  • ENEL 514: Intro to Nanotechnology

    Introduction to nanotechnology, limits of smallness, quantum nature of the nanoscaled materials, Nanotechnology device fabrication and characterization techniques, Nanotechnology applications.

  • ENEL 592: Undergraduate Research Thesis

    A directed studies research project in an area of interest, directed by a project advisor/faculty member. Includes an independent student component covering the scientific process, ethics, review of literature, and writing scientific proposals and manuscripts. Projects may involve experimental, analytical or computer modelling studies.

  • ENEL 594: Undergraduate Research Thesis - Part B

    A directed studies research project intended for students who have completed a suitable Electrical Engineering 592 project and wish to continue the assigned project by completing a more extensive investigation. The course culminates with a written thesis and presentation. Projects may involve experimental, analytic and computer modelling studies.