Bachelor Degree in Computer Engineering
1st semester, academic year 2023/24

Prof. Mauro Mosca

 Lesson Plan

 Midterm and Final Exam Texts

This course provides the fundamental principles of components, devices and electronic systems. It requires the knowledge of “Physics”, “Electrical Engineering” and “Logic Design”. Assessment method includes either a two written examinations (midterm and final), or just a written final exam.

Introduction to electronics
Signals. Frequency spectrum of a signal. Analog and digital signals. Amplifiers. Prerequisites for the study of the fundamentals of electronics.
Combinatorial Circuits
Logic gates. Encoders. Decoders. Multiplexer. Demultiplexer. Comparators. Adders.
Sequential Circuits
Asynchronous and synchronous networks. Latch. Flip-flop (or bistable multivibrator). Shift registers. Counters. Datasheets of digital integrated circuits.
Timing Circuits
Short notes on monostable and astable multivibrators. The 555 timer.
Operational Amplifiers
General information on amplifiers. Ideal operational amplifier. Open-loop operation. Closed-loop operation. Linear circuits with operational amplifiers. Wiring diagrams of operational amplifiers. Characteristics of real operational amplifiers. Comparators. Data sheets of operational amplifiers.
Semiconductor Physics
The isolated atom: energy levels. The atom in a solid crystal: energy bands. Semiconductors. Doped semiconductors. Conduction in semiconductors. p-n junctions.
The semiconductor diode
Characteristic of the semiconductor diode. The diode as a circuit element. Models of the diode. Rectifier circuits. Limiting circuits. Diode logic circuits. Window comparator. Zener diodes. Diodes in power supply circuits. Datasheets of diodes.
The field effect transistor (FET)
General considerations on the FET. Enhancement MOSFET. Depletion MOSFET. Datasheets of FETs.
The bipolar junction transistor (BJT)
General considerations on the BJT. Physical structure and principle of operation of the BJT. Characteristics of the BJT. Datasheets of BJT.
Optoelectronic devices
Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs). LED-based lamps. Photodiodes. Phototransistors. Photoresistors. Optoisolators.
Analog Circuits
General information on amplifiers. Principle of operation of discrete amplifiers. Operating limits of the discrete amplifiers. Method of analysis of the amplifiers. Static analysis: bias networks. Analysis of dynamic amplification. Configurations of amplifiers. Multistage amplifiers. Design criteria. Analog integrated devices.
Logic families
BJT as a switch. MOSFET as a switch. Evolution of logic families. General characteristics of the integrated logic families. The TTL family. The CMOS family. Special configurations. Driving of discrete components.
Acquisition and Signal Processing
Systems of data acquisition and processing. Transducers. Quantization and sampling. Digital-to-analog converters (weighted resistive type). Analog-digital converters (flash, successive approximation, counter).

Designs of digital systems. Analysis of discrete and integrated analog systems

Course books
- Teaching Material provided by the lecturer
In addition to the material provided by the lecturer (notes, projected slides), the following text books are recommended:
- A.S Sedra, K.C. Smith: Circuiti per la microelettronica (Edises, 2005).
- A.P. Malvino: Electronic Principles (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 1999).
- T. L. Floyd: Electronic Devices. Electronic flow version (Prentice-Hall, 2012).
- R. C. Jaeger, T. N. Blalock: Microelectronic Circuits Design, (McGraw-Hill, 2011.

Written midterm and final examination, or only written final exam.
The midterm examination will entitle you to a bonus of three points max, which will then be added to the final written test result. These bonus points can only be used during the three exams of the January-February session, immediately following the end of the course. The student may also decide to take only the final exam, without midterm test. The final proof will be focused both on theoretical and application (exercises) topics.
Other bonuses which contribute to the final mark, may be added : 1) "presentation" bonus (max 1 point, for exam papers presented in an excellent way from the formal point of view and exhibited with excellent properties of language and fluency of analytic treatment); 2) "duration" bonus (max 1 point, granted to students who will deliver the exam paper within no more than 3/4 of the duration assigned for it).
For other details, please refer to the class organisation form ("Scheda di trasparenza").

 Teaching Material

 Class organisation (Scheda di trasparenza)

Communications to the students
Course start date: Tuesday September 28th, 2021, 8 a.m. Lesson plan 2020-21 published on the website! The cours will start next November 29th at 9am.
Due to COVID-19 emergency, the lessons will be carried out online by Microsoft Teams

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