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Peer Review

Basic CMOS Technology



Overall Numeric Rating:

3.8 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Apr 28, 2003 by Engineering Editorial Board
Overview: The material consists of a set of text pages that explain basic CMOS behavior
along with a few Java applets that visually demonstrate circuit behavior. The
user has the ability to input a few circuit changes and observe the
corresponding response.
Type of Material: Text & Java applets for self-study
Recommended Uses: Self-study
Technical Requirements: Java player/plugin
Identify Major Learning Goals: The learning goal appears to be to have students be able to demonstrate the very
basic behavior of a few fundamental CMOS circuits.
Target Student Population: Electrcial Engineering and Computer Engineering students taking basic
electronics or an introduction to VLSI design courses
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Circuit theory & some fundamental knowledge in electronics.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The content is part of many core curricula in Electrical Engieering and Computer
Engineering. The explanations are succinct and to the point. They are
understandable by students new to this topic.
Concerns: The use of multimedia in this courseware does not provide much enhancement of
the techning/learning process. The animation is fairly rudimentary. However,
the animation may provide some short term visual stimulation to students and
thus may help stimulate their initial interest.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The material provides a good introduction to the topics covered. It is useful
for students who do not need an in depth understanding of VLSI circuits. The
material covers several pertinent topic areas. The material can be readily
incorporated into homework problems.
Concerns: Coverage of the topics may be overly simlified unless the user realizes that the
material prtesented only provides a functional explanation and does not
describe detailed behavior.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The courseware is easy to use because it is very fundamental and is primarily an
exercise in reading the text.
Concerns: Not really that much multimedia here to worry about ease of use.

Other Issues and Comments: This tool should be useful for the first introduction to the topic of CMOS
circuits design.