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GEB2501 From Sand to Apple - Introduction of Integrated Circuits: Home

Course Description

This is an introductory course to microelectronics which is the technological base for IT industry. Students will gain knowledge of the scope, theoretical basis, design hierarchy, practical application and market structure of integrated circuit (IC). Latest developments such as IC design for Apple products and artificial intelligence will be introduced for students’ better understanding of the importance of IC.  In laboratory sessions students will be provided with the opportunity to observe and practice so that they can have a vivid impression of IC design and fabrication. 

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Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology

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