360.233 Microelectronic Relibility: Devices
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • discuss essential differences between idealized and real electronic devices.
  • describe degradation mechanisms in real devices with physics based models.
  • critically evaluate the state-of-the-art research on device reliability.
  • assess various reliability models regarding their applicability.

Subject of course

Keywords: idealized vs. real device behavior, variability, ideal crystals and interfaces vs. real structures, defects, fundamentals of defect physics, fundamentals of chemical reactions and stochastic/deterministic modeling methods, interactions of defects with devices, important degradation phenomena: negative/positive bias temperature instability (NBTI/PBTI), hot carrier degradation, time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB), noise (random telegraph noise (RTN), 1/f noise).

Teaching methods

Lectures, calculation and simulation exercises with a discussion of the results

Mode of examination




Course dates

Thu09:00 - 11:0014.10.2021 - 27.01.2022 Seminarraum E360VU
Microelectronic Relibility: Devices - Single appointments
Thu14.10.202109:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu21.10.202109:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu28.10.202109:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu04.11.202109:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu11.11.202109:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu18.11.202109:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu25.11.202109:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu02.12.202109:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu09.12.202109:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu16.12.202109:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu13.01.202209:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu20.01.202209:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU
Thu27.01.202209:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum E360VU

Examination modalities

Oral examination after positive review of the practical part - registration in TISS.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
03.09.2021 00:00 15.10.2021 00:00 29.10.2021 01:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 434 Materials Sciences Not specified
066 504 Master programme Embedded Systems Not specified
066 508 Microelectronics and Photonics Not specified


Lecture notes are available here:


Previous knowledge

Kenntnisse in Quantenmechanik werden erwartet (VU Quantenelektronik, 360.227)

Preceding courses