EDA for Nanoelectronics


At the end of this curricular unit the student will have acquired the knowledge, skills and competences that allow them to: 


-        The limitations of the Schokley model in the current circuit design and the need to use new models. 

-        The need to use behavioral models to characterize the operation of passive devices in CMOS and other non-conventional nanoelectronic devices (eg non-volatile memory) 

-        Problems associated with models to be integrated in simulators

Be capable of:

-        Develop scripts for the determination of parameters of new characterization models of FETs, e.g. mosfets and TFTs (analytical and optimization-based approaches).

-        Develop in Verilog compact models for FETs and models for non-conventional devices 

To know : 

-        The operation of MOSFETs and the physical phenomena associated with the reduction of current MOSFET characterization models

-         Non-conventional nanoelectronic devices 

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Helena Silva Fino


Weekly - 4

Total - 4

Teaching language



Basic Electronics and basic programming.


Presentation support material, elaborated by the professor.

Journal papers 

Teaching method

This curricular unit is in the first semester of the second year of the master''''''''s degree, so it will based on theoretical sessions in which the program contents are presented and students develop "scripts" that allow to implement the various models presented. The practical classes are dedicated to the use of the LTSPICE/ CADENCE simulation environment.

Evaluation method

Elaboration of  3 projects (20%+40%+40%)  during the semester. Each project will include the development of software to be carried out in class and in autonomy, as well as the preparation of the corresponding report.

The assessment is made by oral discussion.

Subject matter

 Introduction to Nano electronics.

2-     Nanometric scale transistor models- Extended NPower and EKV model.

3-     Thin-Film Transistor models.

4-     Integrated inductor compact models- Pi-model.

5-    Introduction to non-conventional nanoelectronic devices (e.g. memristors, spintronic devices, phase-changing devices) . Working principles, applications and modeling.