87946 - Applied Electronics

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will learn modern methods to design electronic circuits for analog and digital signals coming from experimental apparata. He/she will also acquire knowledge of the technological processes that are the basis of digital integrated circuits. In particular, in the laboratory sessions he/she will be able to design circuits with analog components and discrete programmable digital circuits (FPGA) and verify their operation. Also, the student will possess the knowledge to design relatively complex electronic circuits for high-speed data acquisition systems. The student will finally participate to specific laboratory sessions dedicated to FPGA implementations of digital architectures and signal transmissions via high-speed electro/optical lines.

Course contents


The course provides the basic skills, in relation to modern methods of electronic design and processing analog and digital signals, to treat signals from devices used in experimental physics. In particular are treated the operational amplifiers in the various configurations and negative-feedback amplifiers.

Basics of the Analog-to-Digital Conversion and Nyquist conditions

Study of the n and p-channel MOS transistor and its model for small signals. Study of configurations of amplifiers with common drain and common source.

Study of technological processes as base of the CMOS digital integrated circuits. Examples of MOS circuits used in microelectronics.

Study of transmission lines with equations, constants and termintion methods for good transmission of waveforms.

Frequency modulation: the basics


The laboratory session consists of a series of analog an circuits demos that will be showed in the classroom. Particular emphasis will be paid to the digital programming pf commercial FPGAs. The student will be asked to test some basic digital design using modern FPGAs (Xilinx families)


The course will be provided with the slides of the lesson

Teaching methods

The course is divided into 16 hours of laboratory exercises and 32+8 hours of lectures.

Each student must make a lab experience, executing it alone and provide a final report, to be chosen among the proposed issues.

Assessment methods

The overall evaluation consists in either in a:

- oral evaluation on all matters of the course


- an project/design made by the student according the the professor

Second option must be accomplished with a report of the work

Teaching tools

Students will have the transparencies related to topics covered in the course and the material covered during the laboratory experiments.

Office hours

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