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INP9086599, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0520, Degree course structure A.Y. 2019/20, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANALOGUE INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DESIGN
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ANDREA BEVILACQUA ING-INF/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-INF/01 Electronics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 A.A. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 BEVILACQUA ANDREA (Presidente)
NEVIANI ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
DE SANTI CARLO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: The course focuses on basic knowledge of analog and digital electronics, with special regard to the study of electrical networks with nonlinear devices (diodes, transistors), to the theory of feedback applied to electronics circuits and to the analysis of the frequency response of electronics circuits. The course does not need any preparatory class.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to learn the theoretical basis and to experiment in laboratory the CAD-assisted methodology for the design of analog, mixed-signal and radio-frequency integrated circuits. At the end of the course, each student is expected to be able to: (i) translate system-level specifications into circuit-level design constraints; (ii) exploit the design degrees of freedom in order to optimize the circuit main figures of merit, like area, power, noise performance; (iii) proficiently use the state-of-the-art CAD tools available in the lab to carry-on the front-to-back design of a realistic analog integrated circuit.
Examination methods: The verification of the knowledge expected to be achieved by the students at the end of the course is carried out by means of a written exam made of two or more exercises that require the analysis of elementary circuits, the computation of functional circuit parameters, the sizing of circuit devices starting from given design constraints. The course also has a laboratory activity in which design examples are carried out using a professional CAD software. Turning in a written report of the laboratory activity is optional. A well written laboratory report results in an increment of the course grade.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria, used to verify the knowledge and abilities acquired by the students in the course are:
1. Completeness of the acquired knowledge.
2. Ability to find an analytical solution to the problems given in the final written exam.
3. Correctness and accuracy of the numerical solution to the problems given in the final written exam; ability to judge the likelihood of the obtained numerical results.
4. Ability to apply the methodologies for the analysis and synthesis of integrated circuits illustrated in the course to new specific problems.
Course unit contents: Two-port model for the amplifier. Small-signal model and figures of merit of MOSFET device. Design methodology based on the transconductance-bias current ratio.

Single-stage amplifiers. Current mirrors. Mismatch analysis. Noise in integrated circuits. One- and two-stage operational transconductance amplifiers (OTA). Feedback in operational amplifiers. Stability analysis. Current and voltage references.

Circuits for radiofrequency (RF) applications. RLC resonant networks. Low-noise amplifiers. Voltage-controlled oscillators.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The contents of the course are illustrated by means of lectures with the support of both slides, and a more traditional blackboard-based approach. A laboratory activity complements the conventional lectures. This activity makes use of a professional CAD software tool and spans 8 hours during standard lecture slots, without any additional overhead for the students. The students are also granted a free, optional access to the CAD laboratory to complete (on a voluntary basis), integrate and dig deeper into the examples shown during the course lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Texbook plus handouts prepared by the lecturer, and available to the students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P.R. Gray, P.J. Hurst, S.H. Lewis, R.G. Meyer, Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits. --: J. Wiley & Sons, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Questioning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Matlab

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