analysis and design of analog integrated circuits

Analog IC Design

Course Description

This course covers transistor-level analog circuit design and analysis. Both bipolar and MOS technologies will be considered, with a strong emphasis placed on the CMOS technology to be in line with the current trend of IC design. The course will cover a selection of the topics listed below.

    1. Device Physics and Modeling: Operation principle of bipolar and MOS transistors, small-signal models, transconductance and output resistance, MOS capacitance, passive IC components, and electric circuit noise.
    2. Single-Stage Amplifier Design: Current source, active load, advanced biasing circuits, operating points, DC gain, output swing, offset, common-mode rejection, power-supply rejection, frequency response, gain-bandwidth product, settling time, slew rate, feedback analysis, and stability.
    3. High-Performance Amplifier Design: Cascode gain stage, CMOS gain boosting, two-stage operational amplifier, frequency compensation, pole-zero doublet effect and compensation, low-noise, low-power, and high-speed design techniques.
    4. Communication Circuits (if time allows): Sinusoidal and relaxation oscillators, negative resistance, crystal oscillator, voltage-controlled oscillator, start-up conditions and large signal limiting.


Course Objective

This course deals with design of analog integrated circuits with emphasis on the design of feedback circuits at the transistor level. This course is for first year postgraduate students and final year undergraduate students who have already taken a course on analog circuit design.

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