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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 | Online Presentations | 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...
a TCAD Lab
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29 Oct 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Gerhard Klimeck, Dragica Vasileska
An Assembly of TCAD tools for circuit, device, and process simulation
Amine Linked Single Molecule Circuits: Systematic Measurements & Understanding
02 Jul 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark S Hybertsen
Formation and function of well-defined linkages between organic molecules and metallic electrodes has been a key issue in the field of molecular electronics. We recently discovered that the...
An Electrical Engineering Perspective on Molecular Electronics
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26 Oct 2005 | Online Presentations | 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...
Atomic Force Microscopy
01 Dec 2005 | Online Presentations | 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...
07 Jul 2004 | Online Presentations | 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...
CMOS-Nano Hybrid Technology: a nanoFPGA-related study
04 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Wei Wang
Dr. Wei Wang received his PhD degree in 2002 from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2002 to 2004, he was an assistant professor in the...
ECE 612 Lecture 22: CMOS Circuit Essentials
24 Nov 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
Outline: 1) The CMOS inverter,
4) Circuit performance,
This lecture is an overview of CMOS circuits. For a more detailed presentation, the...
ECE 612 Lecture 2: Introduction to Device Simulation
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08 Aug 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
Energy and Nanoscience A More Perfect Union
29 Mar 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark A. Ratner
Huge problems of energy and sustainability confront the science/engineering community, mankind, and our planet. The energy problem comes in many dimensions, including supply, demand, conservation,...
Exploring CMOS-Nano Hybrid Technology in Three Dimensions
31 Mar 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Wei Wang
CMOS-nano hybrid technology incorporate the advantages of both traditional CMOS and novel nanowire/nanotube structures, which will enhance future IC performances and create long-term...
Exponential Challenges, Exponential Rewards - The Future of Moore's Law
14 Dec 2004 | Online Presentations | 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...
Fabrication of a MOSFET within a Microprocessor
16 Nov 2005 | Animations | Contributor(s): John C. Bean
This resource depicts the step-by-step process by which the transistors of an integrated circuit are made.
History of Semiconductor Engineering
28 Jun 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Bo Lojek
When basic researchers started working on semiconductors during the late nineteen thirties and on integrated circuits at the end of the nineteen fifties, they did not know that their work would...
Homework for Circuit Simulation: ECE 255
08 Jan 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Gerold W. Neudeck
This collection of homeworks is used in ECE 255 "Introduction to Electronic Analysis and Design" (Purdue University). Students do their work, or
sometimes check their work, by using the Spice...
Investigation of the Electrical Characteristics of Triple-Gate FinFETs and Silicon-Nanowire FETs
08 Aug 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Monica Taba, Gerhard Klimeck
Electrical characteristics of various Fin field-effect transistors (FinFETs) and silicon-nanowires were analyzed and compared using a modified three-dimensional self-consistent quantum-mechanical...
Logic Devices and Circuits on Carbon Nanotubes
05 Apr 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Joerg Appenzeller
Over the last years carbon nanotubes (CNs) have attracted an increasing interest as building blocks for nano-electronics applications. Due to their unique properties enabling e.g. ballistic...
MCW07 Conductance Switching in Fluorene/TiO2 Molecular Heterojunctions
13 Sep 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Richard L. McCreery
Molecular junctions consisting of a monolayer of fluorene and 10 nm of TiO2 between conducting contacts exhibit a memory effect upon positive polarization of the of the TiO2 for a few...
MCW07 Exploring Trends in Conductance for Well-Defined Single Molecule Circuits
04 Apr 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark S Hybertsen
In our recent research, we have been able to measure and characterize the impact of intrinsic molecular properties on the conductance of single molecule circuits formed with amine-gold linkages....
Metal Oxide Nanowires as Gas Sensing Elements: from Basic Research to Real World Applications
21 Sep 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Andrei Kolmakov
Quasi 1-D metal oxide single crystal chemiresistors are close to occupy their specific niche in the real world of solid state sensorics. Potentially, the major advantage of this kind of sensors...