Semiconductor Devices and Circuits

By Prof. Sanjiv Sambandan   |   IISc
Learners enrolled: 811
This course is intended to equip any students interested in electronic materials and devices with the fundamentals of semiconductor devices. The materials covered in The course begins with fundamentals and accelerates to advanced topics in semiconductor physics. The course connects circuit performance to material and device behavior. At the end of the course, the students would learn to: 1.) Learn the important concepts related to semiconductor technology. 2.) Perform the analysis and design of semiconductor devices (electrostatics and current-voltage characteristics) from fundamental principles. 3.) Learn how to extract device parameters by suitable experiments. 4.) Engineer and innovate on device design and even construct new devices intended for special applications in circuits. There is special emphasize placed on this aspect. 5.) Learn the fundamentals of circuit design and observe how device properties and device design impact circuit behaviour (eg. dc and ac response, noise) 6.) Extend the concepts and analysis to advanced topics such as: devices based on disordered semiconductors (eg. organic semiconductors, amorphous metal oxides), flexible and printed electronics, etc.

INTENDED AUDIENCE                : Graduate and Senior Undergraduate Students pursuing studies in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Electronic Materials, Physics

PREREQUISITES                         :  A background in electrical engineering helps to some extent, but this is not required

INDUSTRY SUPPORT :   Companies working in semiconductors and integrated circuits: Intel, AMD, Samsung, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices etc.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • VLSI design
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1  :  Excursion in Quantum Mechanics 
Week 2  :  Excursion in Solid State Physics 
Week 3  :  Density of States, Fermi Function and Doping 
Week 4  :  Recombination-Generation, Charge Transport and Continuity Equation 
Week 5  :  Metal-Semiconductor (MS) Junctions
Week 6  :  PN Junctions 
Week 7  :  Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT)
Week 8  :  Metal Oxide Semiconductor Capacitors (MOSCAP) and CV Characteristics 
Week 9  :  Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors (MOSFET) 
Week 10 :  MOSFET Continued 
Week 11 :  Connections: Circuit Design to Device Physics 
Week 12 :  Thin Film Transistors

Books and references

Prof. Manish Jain, Physics, IISc Solid State Physics and Quantum Mechanics) Prof. Navakant Bhat, CENSE, IISc (Device Physics) Optional Reviewers Dr.Kaushik Mazumdar, ECE, IISc Prof. Venkatraman, Physics, IISc

Instructor bio

Prof. Sanjiv Sambandan

Sanjiv Sambandan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India. He is also cross-appointed at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. Prior to taking up academic positions, he was with the Electronic Materials and Device Lab, Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC), Palo Alto, California, USA. He is also the founder and director of openwater.in, a clean water startup from his lab (www.openwater.in).

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IISc Bangalore.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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