6.012 | Spring 2009 | Undergraduate
Microelectronic Devices and Circuits


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1 hour / session

Recitations: 2 sessions / week, 1 hour / session

Tutorials: 1 session / week, 1 hour / session

Required Text

Howe, Roger, and Charles Sodini. Microelectronics: An Integrated Approach. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1996. ISBN: 9780135885185.

Reference Texts

Fonstad, Clifton. Microelectronic Devices and Circuits. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1994. ISBN: 9780070214965.

Sedra, Adel, and Kenneth Smith. Microelectronic Circuits. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780195338836.

Horenstein, Mark. Microelectronic Circuits and Devices. New York, NY: Pearson, 1996. ISBN: 9780536846761.

Modular Series on Solid State Devices

Pierret, Robert. Semiconductor Fundamentals. Vol. I. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988. ISBN: 9780201122954.

Neudeck, George. The PN Junction Diode. Vol. II. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988. ISBN: 9780201122961.

———. The Bipolar Junction Transistor. Vol. III. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1989. ISBN: 9780201122978.

Pierret, Robert. Field Effect Devices. Vol. IV. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1990. ISBN: 9780201122985.


All the items below will enter into the computation of the final grade.


Two two-hour evening quizzes, open book, calculator required.

Final Exam

Three hours, open book, calculator required.


A total of eight problem sets will be handed out. The homework must be turned in by 4pm sharp on the due date. A 50% penalty will be applied to homework turned in after 4pm. Homework turned in after solutions are distributed (about 3 days later) will be graded, but no credit will be given. All exceptions to this policy have to be approved by the lecturer. All homework sets will weigh equally towards the final grade.

Design Problem and Web Labs

The design problem will be handed out one day after L12 and will be due one day after L17. There will also be two Web labs that will introduce you to real live device characterization. If you turn in the design problem or any of the Web labs after its due date, the same policy as late homework applies.


We expect students to attend lectures and recitations, and we will keep track of attendance. The attendance record will be counted for 10% of the final grade.

The course grade will be determined as follows:

Quiz 1 15%
Quiz 2 15%
Final exam 30%
Homework 10%
Design problem and web labs 20%
Attendance 10%

The final letter grade will also take into consideration non-numerical assessments of your command of the subject matter as evaluated by the lecturer, instructors, and TAs.

Policy for Academic Conduct (PDF)

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