ECE 5/418 Memory Circuit Design
Spring 2010, Boise State University


The Google group’s ( and the email address is


Lecture notes are here

Homework assignments and project information are found here

Current grades are here


Instructor: Jake Baker

Course TA: Qawi Harvard (Office hours are on TTH from 1 to 2:30 PM in MEC 202 then moving to ET 335)
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 to 6:15 PM

Course dates: Wednesday, January 20 to Wednesday, May 5

Location: MEC 106

Holidays: February 15 (Presidents’ day), March 29 and 31, Spring break from instruction
Final Exam time: Wednesday, May 12, 6 to 8 PM

Course Description: Transistor level design of memory circuits. Memory technologies including DRAM, Flash, MRAM, Glass-based, and SRAM will be discussed. A practical introduction to the design of memory circuits. PREREQ: ECE 510 or 410.

Textbooks:  CMOS Circuit Design, Layout and Simulation, Revised Second Edition (Chapters 16-19), and

DRAM Circuit Design: Fundamental and High-Speed Topics by Keeth, Baker, Johnson, and Lin


In this course we will make extensive use of LTspice for SPICE simulation and Electric for layout and schematics (LTspice and Electric videos).

The Electric library used in this course is ece5418_s10.jelib and the SPICE models used in the course are located here (the 50 nm models, right click to “Save As”).


20% Homework and class participation
20% Quizzes
20% Mid-term test
20% Project 
20% Final


Email questions should be sent to the course’s Google group (not directly to the instructor). While the instructor may likely respond quickly (to make getting the credit for the class participation challenging) questions for the instructor (only) should be asked in person during his office hours.



No laptops or Internet appliances can be used during lectures.

No late work accepted. All assigned work is due at the beginning of class.

Neither the final exam nor final project will be returned at the end of the semester.

Regularly being tardy for lectures, leaving in the middle of lectures, or earlier from lectures is unacceptable without prior consent of the instructor

Cheating or plagiarism will result in an automatic F grade in the course (so do your own homework and projects!)