Semiconductor and integrated circuit developments continue to proceed at an incredible pace. For example, today’s mixed-signal chips perform a wide range of applications unheard of a few years ago, including wireless applications, high speed communications, and signal processing. These challenges have been accomplished because of the integrated circuit industry’s ability to track something known as Moore’s Law. A corollary to Moore’s Law is that frequencies on mixed-signal devices continue to rise. This has been accomplished by making devices smaller and smaller. The question looming in everyone’s mind is “How far into the future can this continue?” This course offers detailed instruction on the physics behind the operation of a modern mixed-signal integrated circuit, and the processing technologies required to make them. We place special emphasis on current issues related to designing and manufacturing the next generation devices. This course is a must for every manager, engineer and technician working in the semiconductor industry, using semiconductor components or supplying tools to the industry