14:332:366 Digital Electronics Laboratory

Course Catalog Description: 

14:332:366 Digital Electronics Laboratory (1)
Laboratory experiments in transistor-level realization of CMOS, BiCMOS, TTL and ECL logic gates. Employing a learn-by-doing approach, emphasizing the hands-on-experimental experiences and computer simulation.

Pre-Requisite Courses: 


Co-Requisite Courses: 


Pre-Requisite by Topic: 

1. Electrical circuit theory
2. Basic logic design
3. Semiconductor devices
4. Basic knowledge of PSpice
5. Basic skills in using multimeters, power supplies and oscilloscopes

Textbook & Materials: 

Laboratory Manual supplied by the instructor


1. Joeger and Blalock, Microelectronic Circuit Design, 2nd Ed, McGraw Hill, 2004
2. A.S. Sedra and K.C. Smith, Microelectronic Circuits, 5th Ed, Oxford University Press, 2004.
3. S. Kang and Y. Leblebici, "CMOS Digital Integrated Circuits", 3rd Edition, 2002

Overall Educational Objective: 

1. To provide students basic experimental experiences in the operation of various families of digital circuits.
2. To develop skills in the design of transistor-level digital circuits and simulate them in PSpice

Course Learning Outcomes: 

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:

1. An ability to operate laboratory equipment.
2. An ability to design the digital circuits with basic resistors and semiconductor devices to meet a set of specifications
3. An ability to simulate the designed digital circuits using PSpice software.
4. An ability to construct, analyze, and troubleshoot the digital circuits.
5. An ability to measure and record the experimental data, analyze the results, and prepare a formal laboratory report.

How Course Outcomes are Assessed: 

  • 1. Pre-Lab preparation and Performance in laboratory (30 %)
  • 2. Laboratory experimental reports (70 %)
  • Final Exam (0 %)

  • N = none S = Supportive H = highly related



    Proficiency assessed by

    (a) an ability to apply knowledge of Mathematics, science, and engineering


    Laboratory work and reports

    (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments and interpret data


    Laboratory work and reports

    (c) an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability


    Setting up equipment, performing experiments, circuit simulation

    (d) an ability to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team


    Each Experiment done by a team

    (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve ECE problems


    Using the knowledge learned to perform laboratory experiments

    (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


    Conducting experiments, report the results

    (g) an ability to communicate in written and oral form


    Laboratory reports, questions-answering during the lab sessions

    (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of electrical and computer engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context


    (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning


    Report preparation, hands-on–experiences, and simulation skills

    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues


    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for electrical and computer engineering practice


    Laboratory reports and simulation reports

    Basic disciplines in Electrical Engineering


    Laboratory performances and reports

    Depth in Electrical Engineering


    Laboratory performances and reports

    Basic disciplines in Computer Engineering


    Laboratory performances and reports

    Depth in Computer Engineering


    Laboratory performances and reports

    Laboratory equipment and software tools


    Performing lab experiments, circuit simulation with PSpice

    Variety of instruction formats


    Lab instruction, office hours

Topics Covered week by week: 

Weeks 1 and 2 Building and wiring of diode circuits. Diode storage times.
Weeks 3 and 4 BJT Inverter. Static and switching characteristics.
Weeks 5 and 6 NMOS/CMOS inverters. Static and switching characteristics.
Weeks 7 and 8 TTL gates.
Weeks 9 and 10 Regenerative logic circuits, CMOS static RAM cells.
Weeks 11 to 14 Logic Analyzers; Programmable Logic Sequencer chips and their programming.

Computer Usage: 

Simulations using PSpice.

Design Experiences: 

Moderate design experience in arriving at circuits on which experiments are conducted.

Independent Learning Experiences : 

1. Writing laboratory reports
2. Conducting PSpice simulations

Contribution to the Professional Component: 

(a) College-level Mathematics and Basic Sciences: 0.25 credit hours
(b) Engineering Topics (Science and/or Design): 0.75 credit hours
(c) General Education: 0.0 credit hours
Total credits: 1

Prepared by: 
K. Sheng
April, 2011