In 1973, SPICE was introduced to the world by Professor
Donald O. Pederson of the University of California at Berkeley,
and a new era of computer-aided design (CAD) tools was born.
As its name implies, SPICE is a "Simulation Program with
Integrated Circuit Emphasis." You give it a description of an
electrical circuit, made up of resistors, capacitors, inductors,
and power sources, and SPICE will predict the performance of that
circuit. Instead of bread-boarding new designs in the lab,
circuit designers found they could optimize their designs on
computers–in effect, using computers to build better computers.
Since its introduction, SPICE has been commercialized
and released in a dozen variants, such as H-SPICE, P-SPICE,
Learn more about circuit simulation from the resources on this site,
listed below. You might even acquire a taste for SPICE by
running examples online.
A Primer on Semiconductor Device Simulation
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23 Jan 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Computer simulation is now an essential tool for the research and development of semiconductor processes and devices, but to use a simulation tool intelligently, one must know what's "under the hood." This talk is a tutorial introduction designed for someone using semiconductor device simulation...
Homework for Circuit Simulation: ECE 255
08 Jan 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Gerold Neudeck
This collection of homeworks is used in ECE 255 "Introduction to Electronic Analysis and Design" (Purdue University). Students do their work, orsometimes check their work, by using the Spice 3F4 simulator on the nanoHUB.
Resonant Tunneling Diodes: an Exercise
06 Jan 2006 | | Contributor(s):: H.-S. Philip Wong
This homework assignment was created by H.-S. Philip Wong for EE 218 "Introduction to Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology" (Stanford University). It includes a couple of simple "warm up" exercises and two design problems, intended to teach students the electronic properties of resonant tunneling...
Atomic Force Microscopy
01 Dec 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Arvind Raman
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is an indispensible tool in nano science for the fabrication, metrology, manipulation, and property characterization of nanostructures. This tutorial reviews some of the physics of the interaction forces between the nanoscale tip and sample, the dynamics of the...
Fabrication of a MOSFET within a Microprocessor
16 Nov 2005 | | Contributor(s):: John C. Bean
This resource depicts the step-by-step process by which the transistors of an integrated circuit are made.
An Electrical Engineering Perspective on Molecular Electronics
26 Oct 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
After forty years of advances in integrated circuit technology, microelectronics is undergoing a transformation to nanoelectronics. Modern day MOSFETs now have channel lengths that are less than 50 nm long, and billion transistor logic chips have arrived. Moore's Law continues, but the end of...
Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS): Coming Revolution in the Gathering of Information
01 Sep 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Kensall D. Wise
Wireless integrated microsystems promise to become pervasive during the coming decade in applications ranging from health care and environmental monitoring to homeland security. Merging low-power embedded computing, wireless interfaces, and wafer-level packaging with microelectromechanical...
Plasmonic Nanophotonics: Coupling Light to Nanostructure via Plasmons
03 Oct 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Vladimir M. Shalaev
The photon is the ultimate unit of information because it packages data in a signal of zero mass and has unmatched speed. The power of light is driving the photonicrevolution, and information technologies, which were formerly entirely electronic, are increasingly enlisting light to communicate...
On the Reliability of Micro-Electronic Devices: An Introductory Lecture on Negative Bias Temperature Instability
28 Sep 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad A. Alam
In 1930s Bell Labs scientists chose to focus on Siand Ge, rather than better known semiconductors like Ag2S and Cu2S, mostly because of their reliable performance. Their choice was rewarded with the invention of bipolar transistors several years later. In 1960s, scientists at Fairchild worked...
14 Aug 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Michael McLennan
General-purpose circuit simulation program for nonlinear dc, nonlinear transient, and linear ac analysis
Moore's Law Forever?
13 Jul 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
This talk covers the big technological changes in the 20th and 21st century that were correctly predicted by Gordon Moore in 1965. Moore's Law states that the number of transistors on a silicon chip doubles every technology generation. In 1960s terms that meant every 12 months and currently this...
Nanoelectronics: The New Frontier?
18 Apr 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
After forty years of advances in integrated circuit technology, microelectronics is undergoing a transformation to nanoelectronics. Modern day MOSFETs now have channel lengths of only 50 nm, and billion transistor logic chips have arrived. Moore’s Law continues, but the end of MOSFET scaling is...
07 Jul 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
In non-specialist language, this talk introduces CMOS technology used for modern electronics. Beginning with an explanation of "CMOS," the speaker relates basic system considerations of transistor design and identifies future challenges for CMOS electronics. Anyone with an elementary...
04 Aug 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
The transistor is the basic element of electronic systems. The integrated circuits inside today's personal computers, cell phones, PDA's, etc., contain hundreds of millions of transistors on a chip of silicon about 2 cm on a side. Each technology generation, engineers shrink the size of...
NanoMOS 2.5 Source Code Download
22 Feb 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Zhibin Ren, Sebastien Goasguen
NanoMOS is a 2-D simulator for thin body (less than 5 nm), fully depleted, double-gated n-MOSFETs. A choice of five transport models is available (drift-diffusion, classical ballistic, energy transport, quantum ballistic, and quantum diffusive). The transport models treat quantum effects in the...
Exponential Challenges, Exponential Rewards - The Future of Moore's Law
14 Dec 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Shekhar Borkar
Three exponentials have been the foundation of today's electronics, which are often taken for granted—namely transistor density, performance, and energy. Moore's Law captures the impact of these exponentials. Exponentially increasing transistor integration capacity, and exponentially...
Nanoelectronics and the Future of Microelectronics
22 Aug 2002 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Progress in silicon technology continues to outpace the historic pace of Moore's Law, but the end of device scaling now seems to be only 10-15 years away. As a result, there is intense interest in new, molecular-scale devices that might complement a basic silicon platform by providing it...