Electrical Engineering 40, Fall 2008

Introduction to Microelectronic Circuits

 Lecture Time:

10 Evans, MWF 10-11

Course Objectives:

This course is intended to teach basic circuit theory and principles of electronic engineering as preparation for subsequent EE courses.

Course Format:

Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory, one hour of discussion [4 Units].

Stay with ONE Discussion and Lab session you registered.

Instructor: Prof. Connie Chang-Hasnain

Office: 263M Cory Hall

Office hours: M, Th 11:00 - 12:00 (263M Cory). 

All emails to Prof. Chang-Hasnain should be forwarded by the Head GSI (Mike, markm_at_eecs.berkeley.edu)

Secretary: eecs-inst-support_at_eecs.berkeley.edu, 253 Cory


     All GSI office hours will be held in 400A Cory


Michael Mark (Head TA), Tu 1-2 pm 293 Cory, markm_at_eecs, office hours: Tu 2-4 pm

Lu Ye, Th 3-4 pm and Th 4-5 pm 289 Cory, yelu_at_eecs, office hours: Tu 11 am-1 pm

Shang Jiang, M 2-3 pm and Th 2-3 pm 285 Cory, slj_at_berkeley, office hours: M / Th 3-4 pm

Labs (all labs take place in 140 Cory):

Evan Reutzel (Lab Guru), W 2-5 pm and F 11-2 pm, ereutzel_at_berkeley, office hours: M 2-3 pm, W 1-2 pm

Daniel Wei, Tu 8-11 am, danielwei_at_berkeley, office hours: Th 2-3 pm

Kevin Wang, Th 11-2 pm, kevinwang_at_berkeley, office hours: T 3-4 pm

Noah Johnson-Walls, M 3-6 pm, noahj_at_berkeley, office hours: F 12-1 pm

Patrick Au, Th 5-8 pm, patrickau09_at_berkeley, office hours: Th 11 am -12 pm

 Updated Information, Supplemental Material and Newsgroups:

     Updated information, supplemental material, newsgroups and updated grade information is available at https://bspace.berkeley.edu .

     You need to login using your CalNet I.D. and sign up to the EE 40 – FA08 worksite. If you have any problems accessing the site, contact Mike (markm_at_eecs.berkeley.edu)


Math 1B and Physics 7B.

 Textbooks and/or other required material:

Hambley, Allan R., Electrical Engineering: Principles and Applications (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2007.

Supplemental notes and reader (on bSpace for download)

Discussion/laboratory schedule:

Discussions start 09/02/2008

Laboratory sections start 09/08/08

Tests and Final Dates:

-        Tests: Midterm 1: 10/01/08; Midterm 2: 10/27/08; Midterm 3: 12/03/08           

      all during regular class time

-        Location: 10 Evans (+maybe another location t.b.a.)

-        Test Review Session(s): Midterm 1 Review: 09/29/08; Midterm 2 Review:   

      10/24/08; Midterm 3 Review: 12/01/08 all from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

-        Location: t.b.a.

-        Final: 8:00 – 11:00 am Saturday 12/13/2008 (Exam Group 1)

-        Location: t.b.a.

-        Final Review Session(s): 12/11/2008 10 am - 11 am

-        Location: t.b.a.


Best Final Project Contest

-        4-5 pm, 12/10, Location t.b.a.

-        Winning projects will be displayed on second floor Cory Hall for 6 months


Grading Policy:

-        9%: 10 HW sets - drop one lowest point; hence each is worth 1%

-        18%: 10 Labs

                                                               i.      7 structured experiments (each is worth 1.5%)

                                                             ii.      one 3-week final project (7.5%)

-        39%: 3 tests – each one is worth 13%

-        34%: Final exam

-        No late HW or Lab reports accepted

-        No make-up exams.

-        Departmental grading policy:

                                                               i.      A typical GPA for courses in the lower division is 2.7. This GPA would result, for example, from 17% A's, 50% B's, 20% C's, 10% D's, and 3% F's.

Weekly HW

-        Assignment on the web by 5 pm Fridays, starting 09/05/08

-        Due 5 pm the following Friday in HW box, 240 Cory.

-        On the top page, right top corner, write your name (in the form: Last Name, 

       First Name) with discussion section number.

-        Graded homework will be returned in discussion sections.


-        Start on 09/08/2008

-        Each lab is graded with 30% on Prelab and 70% on Report.

-        You must complete the prelab section before going to the lab.  The prelabs are checked by the GSIs at the beginning of each session.  If prelabs are completed during the lab sessions, it is considered late and 50% will be deducted.

-        Lab reports are due exactly one week after your lab is completed.

-       Grades will be entered into bSpace. It is your responsibility to check from time to time to make sure all grades are entered correctly.

-        Stick with the lab session you have signed up for

Classroom Rules:

-        Please come to class on time.

-        Turn off cell phones, pagers, radio, CD, DVD, etc.

-        No food or pets.

-        Do not come in and out of classroom.

Catalog Description:

Fundamental circuit concepts and analysis techniques. Kirchoff's laws, nodal analysis; independent and dependent sources. Thevenin, Norton equivalent circuits. Transient and AC analysis; speed and power. Phasors, Bode plots and transfer function. Filters and Op-Amps. Graphical methods for nonlinear circuits. Gauss’s Law and bandgap. Diode and FET characteristics. Diode and MOSFET circuits. Introduction to basic integrated-circuit technology and layout. Digital signals, logic gates, switching.

An electronics laboratory is part of the course. Using and understanding electronics laboratory equipment such as: oscilloscope, power supplies, function generator, multimeter, curve-tracer, and RLC meter. Includes a term project of constructing a circuit with appropriate electromechanical device.

Topics covered:

-        Introduction to circuits: currents, and voltages; power and energy; Kirchhoff’s Current Law; Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law; branches, loops and nodes; Resistive circuits; Thévenin and Norton equivalent circuits; Node/Mesh/Superposition analysis

-        Inductance and capacitance;  L and C transients; 1st and 2nd order circuits

-        Phasors; Frequency response; Bode plots; Resonance; Transfer function; Filters (1st and 2nd order filters)

-        Operational Amplifiers: Ideal operational amplifiers; Inverting and non-inverting amplifiers; Design of simple amplifiers; Op-amp imperfections in the linear range of operation; Integrators and differentiators;

-        Diode circuits: Basic concepts; Load-line analysis of diode circuits; Ideal-diode model; Piecewise-linear diode models; Rectifier circuits; voltage doubler

-        Semiconductors; n and p doping; bandgap

-        Diode physics: Gauss’s Law and Poisson Equation; Depletion approximation; IV characteristics

-        MOSFET: NMOS and PMOS transistors and simple fabrication concepts; Load-line analysis; Bias circuits

-        Binary logic, truth tables: inversion, NAND and NOR; CMOS logic gates