Electronic Circuits and Systems Plan of Work

Suggested courses for Electronic Circuits and Systems

Analog and Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits (ICs)

Analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuit designers create solutions for today’s communication and computation systems, such as radio transceivers, data converters, phased locked loops, and high-speed I/O systems. Jobs include IC design, layout, and verification; application engineers; system architect.

Suggested 500-level courses

  • ECE 511 – Analog Electronics
  • ECE 524 – Radio Systems Design
  • ECE 540 – Electromagnetic Fields
  • ECE 549 – RF Design for Wireless
  • ECE 546 – VLSI Systems Design
  • ECE 592 – Antennas & Arrays (offered alternating years)

Suggested 700-level courses

  • ECE 712 – IC Design for Wireless Communications
  • ECE 714 – Advanced IC Design:  Data Converters
  • ECE 718 – Computer-Aided Circuit Analysis
  • ECE 719 – Advanced Microwave Design
  • ECE 733 – Digital Electronics
  • ECE 734 – Power Management ICs
  • ECE 792 – Millimeter-Wave Circuits & Systems (offered alternating years)

Suggested courses for breadth

  • ECE 513 – Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 514 – Random Processes
  • ECE 515 – Digital Communications
  • ECE 530 – Physical Electronics
  • ECE 534 – Power Electronics
  • ECE 538 – IC Technology and Fabrication
  • ECE 542 – Neural Networks
  • ECE 553 – Semiconductor Power Devices
  • ECE 557 – Principles of MOS Transistors
  • ECE 568 – Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and their Applications in Nanosystems
  • ECE 575 – Introduction to Wireless Networking
  • ECE 582 – Wireless Communication Systems
  • ECE 578 – LTE and 5G Communications
  • ECE 762 – Advanced Digital Communication Systems
  • ECE 766 – Signal Processing for Communications & Networking

 Suggested non-ECE courses

  • MA 501 – Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists I
  • MA 502 – Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists II

VLSI Systems

Very-large-scale integration (VLSI) is the process of creating integrated circuits by combining thousands of transistor-based circuits into a single chip. VLSI began in the 1970s when complex semiconductor and communication technologies were being developed.

The first semiconductor chips held one transistor each. Subsequent advances added more and more transistors, and as a consequence more individual functions or systems were integrated over time. The microprocessor is a VLSI device.

Suggested 500-level courses

  • ECE 544 – Design of Electronic Packaging and Interconnects
  • ECE 546 – VLSI Systems Design
  • ECE 564 – ASIC and FPGA Design with Verilog

Suggested 700-level courses

  • ECE 720 – Electronic System Level and Physical Design
  • ECE 733 – Digital Electronics
  • ECE 745 – ASIC Verification
  • ECE 748 – Advanced Functional Verification with Universal Verification Methodology

Suggested courses for breadth

  • ECE 506 – Architecture of Parallel Computers
  • ECE 513 – Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 515 – Digital Communications
  • ECE 530 – Physical Electronics
  • ECE 538 – IC Technology and Fabrication
  • ECE 542 – Neural Networks
  • ECE 557 – Principles of MOS Transistors
  • ECE 560 – Embedded System Architectures
  • ECE 563 – Microprocessor Architecture
  • ECE 568 – Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and their Applications in Nanosystems

 

Please see ECE Course Details and Specialty Areas for ECE specialty area and typical semesters that the courses are offered.

Please see NCSU Course Catalog for course description and the current semester that the course is offered.

Please see Electronic Circuits and Systems for more information about the topics and faculty involved in research in this area.

 

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