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Electronics - Bits on Chips

Course overview

A one-day introduction into the basics of (CMOS) integrated circuits, their complexity, operation, possibilities and limitations. For people with little or no IC knowledge, active in the semiconductor industry in disciplines like management, logistics, marketing - sales and software development, who want to improve the communication with their technical colleagues.

More and more hi-tech companies integrate (CMOS) Integrated Circuits into their products. For good reasons: with ICs, products can be made smaller, run faster, use less power, be more reliable and have better IP protection. This 1-day course gives an introduction: what are ICs? How can ICs help me? What are their possibilities and restrictions? What does it take to develop an IC?


€ 600,00 excl. VAT


1 day




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Dr Harry Veendrick

Course Leader

MSc Hans Vink


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After the course, the participant:

  • is aware on the basic principles of digital logic, A/D conversion and number systems;
  • has some insight in modern IC technology and its increasing complexity;
  • knows what ICs are, and where they can be typically applied;
  • is aware on the IC design-, manufacturing and testing process;
  • is aware on the consequences of low-power, testability, scaling and other requirements for ICs.

vIntended for

This one-day basic course is developed for those who work in the non-technical disciplines of semiconductors, e.g. management, logistics, marketing - sales and software development. It is ideal for people with little or no technical background in integrated circuits, but who need an understanding of their complexity, their operation, their possibilities and limitations to better communicate with their technical contacts.


  • Introduction: The electronics (r)evolution. From electron tubes through transistors to chips.
  • What is a chip?: Chips are all around us. Basic building blocks on a chip. Similarity between chip floorplan and city plan. basic logic operations, synchronous designs, digital functions on a chip, complexity.
  • Basic principles: The world is analog, how to convert from digital to analog, how to convert from decimal to binary, wireless communication.
  • Analog, digital, memory and interface circuits: Inverter, logic gates, logic blocks, different memories, chip terminals and interfaces.
  • How do we design a chip?: Standard cell design, libraries, chip development cycle lithography, substrates, fabrication process.
  • Testing and yield of chips
  • Packaging of chips: Package categories, electrical characteristics of packages, thermal aspects, quality and reliability.
  • The future: System, silicon, design, fabrication, package and test complexity. Time to market and cost. Combining microelectronics with micro and nanotechnology.


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