Semiconductor Memories in Communication Systems R2a


Credits points: 6

75 hours course attendance; 105 hours self-study

Semester: summer

Language: English

Module type: elective

Module usability: M.Sc. Electrical Communication Engineering, M.Sc. Elektrotechnik

Module duration: one semester

Required qualifications:
Basic knowledge on semiconductor devices, material science

Basics in computer architecture, microprocessors and FPGAs

Competences to be acquired

Research and development in the area of semiconductor memories and semiconductor process technology

Presentation techniques, optimum use of tools



  • Introduction to semiconductor memories
  • Different types of semiconductor memories
  • Understanding MOSFET as a main element of memory cell
  • Process technology for semiconductor memories
  • Simulation and modeling of semiconductor memories
  • Advanced topics in semiconductor memories
  • Future semiconductor memories

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the fundamentals in semiconductor memories
  • Understanding the limits of fabrication processes
  • Gaining requisite knowledge for being initiated into the practical tasks and projects of industry and research in the area of semiconductor memories, especially DRAM technology


  • Lecturer: Hillmer and team
  • Teaching method: lecture and exercises
  • SWS: 3
  • Credit points: 4
  • Examination: oral exam (30 minutes)
  • Course identifier: FB16-2211


  • Concepts of dynamic runtime reconfiguration

Learning outcomes

  • Gaining an overview of dynamic runtime reconfiguration
  • To learn presentation techniques and to obtain presentation practice


  • Lecturer: Peter Zipf and team
  • Teaching method: seminar
  • SWS: 2
  • Credit points: 2
  • Examination: seminar attendance and presentation
  • Course identifier: FB16-5414