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TSTE08 - Analog and discrete-time integrated circuits

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Course outline and information

The TSTE08 course outlines some of the complexities of mixed-signal integrated circuit design. Especially we focus on the co-design of discrete- and continuous-time integrated circuits. Such mixed-signal circuits are used eg eg. sampling, signal-processing, modulation and demodulation of digital and analog signals and are found in all modern integrated circuits. To design a mixed-signal integrated circuits in CMOS we need building blocks such as amplifiers, mixers, PLLs, DLLs, filters, and data converters. The field is vast and within the course we will focus on a subset of these.

Due to process scaling (transistors becoming smaller and smaller and faster and faster), digital circuits can be implemented with high density and due to the highly advanced computer tools, the operation of digital circuits becomes more advanced and reliable. For analog, and thus mixed-signal circuits, this does not really apply in the same way. Most of the work still has to be done by hand and we also do not have a direct "digital" measure of success (works/does not works). Instead, we have to investigate the noise and linearity of the analog circuits as metrics of error and functionality. There are only fuzzy measures to use to describe the quality of an analog circuit.

Course elements

The course consists of:


Course extent

  • Lectures: 1 x 2h + 3 x 4h = ~14 hours
  • Lessons (Seminars): 3 x 4h = 12 hours
  • Laboratory works: 5 x 4h = 20 hours
    • Project report for the lab series
  • A 4h written exam (TBD)

Informationsansvarig: J Jacob Wikner
Senast uppdaterad: 2020-01-14