The Physical Side of Digital Circuitry (part 3 of the series)
Every smartphone, car, and spaceship have microchips that control their behavior. These microcircuits execute programs, exchange information with each other, take readings from sensors and display information for a human- user. Recently, more and more chips with specialized units for recognizing images and other data using hardware accelerators for neural networks have been released. Each microcircuit is a result of the labor of thousands of people who own dozens of specialized professions.
A series of e-courses "The Way the Creators of Smart Nanochips Work" consists of three e-courses, in which the technological stage by stage process of creating a microcircuit is described, as well as how the construction of the product is assembled.
The e-course “The Physical Side of Digital Circuitry” talks about the work of physical design engineers who determine how logical components should be placed on the site of the chip.
Before taking this e- course it is recommended to take the first e-course of the series “From Transistor to Microcircuit”, in which the objects that the electronic engineer works with: electrical signals, logic elements and memory cells, and the second course, “The logical side of digital circuitry” which smears about the work engineers who design the logics of digital hardware units.
For students taking this e-course it is desirable (but not necessary) to be familiar with “boolean algebra”, “binary numbers” and “ transistor operations” (in the series the brief explanations are given on these topics) and to understand the concepts of the “algorithm” and be able to program in any language.