Lecture Topics

Examples of Lecture Topics

High Frequency Analog Circuits

  • Modern trends in RF, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits. Specifics of analog circuits for high-frequency, low-voltage/low-power applications
  • Models of basic circuit elements for high-frequency applications: MOS and BJ transistors, integrated passive components (R, C, L). Sizing equations and methods
  • Systematic analysis and design of V-V operational amplifiers (OpAmps) with asymmetrical (single-ended) output in MOS and BiCMOS technologies
  • Systematic analysis and design of V-V operational amplifiers (OpAmps) with symmetrical (differential) outputs in MOS and BiCMOS technologies
  • Low-voltage and low-power OpAmps
  • Transconductors (Gm-cells) with high linearity for high frequency applications
  • Analog filters: synthesis methods; integrators and biquads implemented in OpAmp-RC, Gm-C and Gm-OpAmp-C techniques
  • High-order, high frequency analog filters: circuit design examples
  • Analog Front-Ends for data storage systems: general requirements, design challenges and implementation solutions
  • Analog Front-Ends – circuit design example: programmable-gain amplifier and pulse equalizer for the read channel of a DVD driver
  • Analog Front Ends for high-speed serial data communication systems: principle of operation, general requirements, main design challenges and examples of typical solutions
  • Analysis and design of integrated frequency synthesizers
  • Application examples for frequency synthesizers. Clock and Data recovery systems for serial communications
  • Circuit Design Example: high-speed receiver and high-speed transmitter for a USB 2.0 transceiver

Analog Integrated Circuits for Wired and Wireless Communications

  • Modern trends and challenges in integrated circuits for communications
  • Introduction in the analysis and design of integrated radio receivers
  • Architectures for integrated radio receivers: analysis and modeling
  • Example of system-level design of a multi-standard OFDM receiver
  • RF Front-Ends in Low-IF and Zero-IF integrated radio receivers: LNA and Mixer
  • Analog Baseband Circuits for Zero-IF receivers: channel filter, programmable-gain amplifiers, level shifters and buffers
  • Complex analog filters for Low-IF integrated receivers
  • Design Example: Reconfigurable baseband for a multi-standard OFDM receiver
  • Integrated frequency synthesizers for local oscillators in radio receivers: principle of operation, general requirements, main design challenges and examples of typical solutions
  • Design Example: VCO and programmable dividers for the local oscillator of an OFDM receiver
  • Introduction in analog front-ends for high-speed serial data communication systems
  • Clock and Data recovery systems for serial communications
  • Design example: USB 2.0 transceiver
  • Design example: Ethernet transceiver