TFE4152 - Design of Integrated Circuits


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Term assignment 30/100
School exam 70/100 4 hours D

Course content

The curriculum include construction and functionality of integrated circuits implemented in modern CMOS technology. This includes basic analog building blocks and modeling using Spice simulators. Synchronous sequential circuits and general digital functions are also included. Hardware descriptive languages (HDL) are used for specification and simuation of digital circuits and systems. Topics include: The subject deals with MOS transistors and simple analog circuits. The emphasis is towards digital circuits and systems, though. Basic principles for construction are considered. It includes CMOS technology and the MOS transistor: Function and characteristic properties. Static and dynamic analysis of logical functions. Simplified layout. Simple digital modules and an introduction to CAD tools are also treated. Guest lecturers from the electronic industry. Mandatory project: Design and verification of a small analog/digital circuit.

Learning outcome

knowledge: The candidate should * have detailed knowledge about the functioning of MOSFET transistors and models for these, including small signal LF-models. * have detailed knowledgeknowledge about analog building blocks like current mirrors, and basic amplifiers implemented in CMOS. * have knowledge about the functioning of general VLSI system components for combinatorial cicuits, artithmetics and memory. * have an understanding about principles for clocking as well as aspects concerning system design for synchronous sequential circuits. * have an understanding of basic characteristics like power consumption, energy consumption, delay and noise margins for CMOS circuitry. * have detiled knowledge about Spice simulators and hardware descriptive languages (HDLs). B. Skills: The candidate * can explain principles behind operation of basic analog and digital circuit building blocks in CMOS. * can combine analog and digital functions in system. * can simulate and modelanalog and digital building blocks, as well as sequential circuits. General competence: * can cooperate in a group to solve a practical project. * can present results from his/her work in a written report.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, self study, mandatory exercises, and project. A minimum of 4 out of 6 exercises must be approved for entrance to the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The exam counts 70 %, and the project report 30 %, towards the final grade.

At least 4 out of 6 exercises must be approved for entrance to the exam.

If there is a re-sit examination in August, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

If the course is to be repeated a later year, the entire course has to be retaken.

Course materials

Will be announced at course start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TFE4151 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electronics
  • Applied Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Physical Electronics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 70/100 D 2023-11-29 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Storhall del 1 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 120
SL318 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 1
DI42 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 8
Autumn ORD Term assignment 30/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 70/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
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