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TSTE08 - Analog and discrete-time integrated circuits

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Course outline and information

This course outlines the complexities of mixed-signal circuit design. Especially, we discuss analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and their application. Analog and mixed-signal circuits are used for modulation and demodulation of the digital signal. We need amplifiers, mixers, PLLs, DLLs, filters, and data converters to transmit and receive an analog signal carrier. Due to scaling of transistors, digital circuits can be implemented with higher density and due to the highly advanced computer tools, the operation of the digital circuits can be more advanced and reliable. For analog and mixed-signal circuits this does not really apply. Most of the work still has to be done by hand and we also do not have a direct "digital" measure of success. Instead, we have to investigate the noise and linearity of the analog circuits as metrics of error and functionality.

Furhter on, in order to illustrate emerging technologies, half of the course is also dedicated to printed electronics. We will during the first half of the course go through deep submicron (45-nm CMOS) processes to see what the latest technologies offer and what the design complexities are. In the second half, we will step outside of the ASIC and design with 10-20um (!) long transistors.

Our goal is to help the course attendee to understand the complexities of analog circuit design spanning the latest available technologies

Course elements

The course consists of:


Course extent

  • Lectures: 8 x 2 = 16 hours
  • Lessons (Seminars): 3 x 4 = 12 hours
  • Laboratory works: 5 x 4 = 24 hours
  • One 4h written examination
  • Two compulsory project reports for the two lab parts

Informationsansvarig: J Jacob Wikner
Senast uppdaterad: 2018-01-09