69773 - Eectronic Circuits Design

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course is intended to introduce to first level students more sophisticated issues in electronic design. The students will be able to: 1) analyse and design feedback systems in electronics such as oscillators; 2) understand signal integrity issues in PCB and IC design; 3) understand the relationship between packaging and electronic design;

Course contents

- Photolithography technologies for integrated and printed circuit boards

- Small signal analysis for MOS elementary circuits for advanced analog design

- Physical realization of high performance boards. Packaging and heat transfer. Electronic boards technologies.

- Signal handling on silicon and electronic boards. Lump and distributed models of interconnections.

- Glitches and related reduction techniques. Cross-talk and jitter.

- Clock and power supply distributions over the boards. Techniques for reduction of noise in electronic boards.

- Analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion at Niquist rate: successive approximation and flash converters.

- Oversampled A/D converters. Sigma-Delta modulation and noise shaping. Pipelined Sigma-Delta converters. Trade-offs in A/D converters choice. 

- Basics on elecronic oscillators

- Basics on Voltage Controlled Ocillator (VCO)

- Basics on Phase Locked Loop (PLL)


Readings/Bibliography

H.B. BAKOGLU CIRCUITS INTERCONNECTIONS AND PACKAGING FOR VLSI ADDISON-WESLEY 1990 S. HALL G. HALL J. MCCALL HIGH-SPEED DIGITAL SYSTEM DESIGN WILEY 2000

Digital Integrated Circuits, by Jan M. Rabaey, Anantha Chandrakasan, and Borivoje Nikolic, Prentice Hall

D. Johns, K. Martin, Analog Integrated Circuit Design, Wiley, 1997

A. SEDRA, K. SMITH, "Microelectronic Circuits" 4-th edition , Oxford Press, 1998

Assessment methods

The exam consists of two assessments that take place during an oral interview, lasting 45-60m. The first evaluation takes place on the program by two or three specific questions on several topics. The second evaluation takes place on a project that can be exposed directly on a laptop computer or by printing a report. The project consists in verifying through the SPICE simulator some theoretical framework explained in lessons, at the student's choice.

Teaching tools

Frontal lessons

Office hours

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