Home  Course Info    Lecture Notes    Homework and Exams   LAB    Handouts  Newsgroup  Related Web Sites

EE143 Microfabrication Technologies
Spring 2006  Course Information

Teaching Staff:

Instructor : Prof. Nathan Cheung , Cory 513, 642-1615, cheung@eecs.berkeley.edu   

Lecture Hours : Tu,Th 8:10-9:30am, 150 GSPP

Prof Cheung's Office Hours: Tu 11am-1pm, W 1pm-2pm

TA Office Hours

Shong Yin shong2@uclink.berkeley.edu, Head-TA, M 11am-12am , Cory 382

Kinyip Phoa kinyip@eecs.berkeley.edu,  F 12pm-1pm, Cory 382

Angela Wu angelawu@berkeley.edu,  M 4pm-5pm , Cory 297

Jing Zhou jzhou@newton.berkeley.edu, Tu 1pm-2pm  , Cory 382


Homework Reader

Liz Wu,  lwu@calmail.berkeley.edu




Prerequisite: EE40/E100 and Physics 7B or equivalent,  http://www-inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~ee40/

EE143 teaches the fundamentals of integrated-circuit (IC) fabrication and surface-micromachining technology, giving the student a basic understanding of IC and micromachining processes and the effect of processing choices on device performance. Students learn to use process simulation tools and also fabricate and characterize devices in the laboratory. This lecture part will cover the processing techniques and design methodologies of microfabrication. We will discuss the process modules: lithography, thermal oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, etching, thin-film deposition, epitaxy, metallization. The second part of the course will cover process simulation, layout design rules, MOS, IC, and MEMS  process integration. The laboratory part of the course will provide students opportunities to have hands-on experience to fabricate and characterize a NMOS chip with  simple MEMS components.  


Homework: Homework assignments will be handed out every Tue, due in class the following Thur.

Midterm Exam 1  3/1(Wed), 6:00-7:30pm, MULFORD Room159, closed book exam, 4 sheets of handwritten notes allowed 

Midterm Exam 2  4/5(Wed) 6:00-7:30pm, GPB Room 100, closed book exam 8 sheets of handwritten notes allowed

Final Exam          5/18 (Thur) 8-11am, closed book exam, 12 sheets of handwritten notes allowed      

Grading:   Midterm1 15%,Midterm2 15%, Final 30% ,Homework 10%, Lab 30% 

(Undergrad and Grad students will be graded as two separate groups)


1) Required  EE143 Reader and Lecture Notes

2) Required  R.C. Jaeger "Introduction To Microelectronics Fabrication ", 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall  


W. Maly:"Atlas of IC Technologies" (excellent 3D drawings of IC Structures)

M. Madou, “Fundamentals of Microfabrication,” CRC Press (MEMS technology)

S. Campbell: "The Science and Engineering of Microelectronic Fabrication" ,2nd Edition (Intermediate/ Advanced Text)

Plummer, Deal and Griffin, “Silicon VLSI Technology,” Prentice Hall (Advanced Text on mechanisms and modeling)

Ben Streetman, “Solid State Electronic Devices”, Prentice Hall, 4th Edition (Quick introduction to devices)

Spring 2006 Teaching Schedule


Week #


Required Reading


IC and MEMS Microfabrication Overview, Introduction to process modules, process flow, and material properties


Bank, “Introduction to Microengineering” http://www.dbanks.demon.co.uk/ueng/




2 (1/23)

IC and MEMS device structures

Simple process sequence

Semiconductor mobile carriers

Jaeger Chapter 1,  

Reader [Introduction to IC Devices, www.icknowledge.com]

Reader [Streetman Chap 3, Energy bands and charge carriers in semiconductors]

3 (1/30)

Thermal Oxidation and Applications

Jaeger Chap 3

Reader [Mayer-Lau, Chapter 9]

4 (2/6)

Dopant engineering :Ion Implantation

Jaeger Chap 5

Reader [Mayer-Lau, Chapter 8]

5 (2/13)

Dopant engineering: Diffusion

Jaeger Chap 4

Reader [Wolf, Chap 8 Diffusion in Si]

6 (2/20)



Jaeger Chap 2

Reader [Sze, Chapter  11 on Lithography]  

7 (2/27)

Thin Film Deposition

Midterm Exam #1 

3/1(wed) 6:00-7:30pm

Jaeger Chap 6

Reader [Campbell -Chapter 13 on CVD]

Reprint: What is a Vacuum, Sputtering Deposition  

8 (3/6)


Reader [Anan ,Chap 10 on Etching]

9 (3/13)

Metallization, Planarization

Jaeger Chap 7

Reader [Campbell, Chap 15 on Isolation and Metallization]

10 (3/20)

Layout Design Rules

Process  Integration


Reader [Uyemura, Chap 3]  

Reader [Chen, Chap 3 CMOS Process Integration]

11 (3/27)

Spring Recess

12 (4/3)

Process Integration

MOS Devices

Midterm Exam #2

4/5 (wed) 6:00-7:30pm

Jaeger Chap 9

Reader [ Streetman, Chap 8.3,  MOS Principle]

13 (4/10)

MOS Devices  


Jaeger Chap 9

Reader [ Streetman, Chap 8.3,  MOS Principle]  

14 (4/17)

MEMS Structures and Fabrication Techniques  


Jaeger Chap 11

Reader [Kovac, Chapter 3 on Mechanical Transducers]  

15 (4/24)   MEMS Process Integration   Reader [Kovac, Chapter 3 on Mechanical Transducers]  
16 (5/1) Nanofabrication, Recent Developments   Lecture Notes and Reprints  

17 (5/8) 

Final Exam Review


Some useful info:

If your IE Browser cannot run applets at the http://jas.eng.buffalo.edu/ site, download java runtime environment from www.java.com

To run lab videos:
I can't get the lab module videos on the EE 143 website to work on my computer at home.  Windows media player gives me the following error message: "The server received invalid data from the client on the control connection."
Solution: It's actually a TCP/IP network level message.  If you are running a firewall make sure your firewall doesn't block the traffic for windows media player program. If you are running a VPN client, turn off your VPN client and try again.  Also on your Windows media player remove the support for UDP and TCP "just keep the HTTP as an active protocol".
*        Open Windows Media Player 
*        Choose "Tools" from the top menu
*        Choose "Options" in the tools menu
*        Click on the "Network" tab
*        Remove the checks from the boxes next to "Multicast", "UDP" and "TCP" just keep the HTTP active
*        Click on "OK"
*        Close Windows media player
*        Try the streaming videos again
Khossrov Taherian


Last updated  4/20/2006

Usage of this site is subject to the Computer Usage Policy.