Analog Integrated Circuits

Course Description

Introduction. Basic integrated circuit design rules. Basic amplifier configurations. Stability of operational amplifiers and compensation. Design of one-stage and multi-stage operational amplifiers. Important operational amplifier configurations. Fully differential amplifier.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the operation of basic building blocks of integrated circuits
  2. Analyze and design single-stage and multi-stage operational amplifiers
  3. Explain important configurations of operational amplifiers and their characteristics
  4. Explain DC, AC and transient specifications of operational amplifiers
  5. Analyze the stability and apply frequency compensation of amplifiers
  6. Explain the offset voltage and mismatch of integrated circuits and calculate the contributions of various mechanisms on mismatch
  7. Analyze and design of fully differential amplifiers

Forms of Teaching




Problem solving

Independent assignments

Exercises solved through seminar/project


Lab excercises

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 0 % 12 % 0 % 12 %
Seminar/Project 0 % 8 % 0 % 8 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 40 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 40 %
Exam: Written 0 % 50 %
Exam: Oral 30 %

Before final exam students must have completed all laboratory exercises.

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Analog electronics, applications, challenges, comparison with digital electronics, NMOS and PMOS transistor structure, current-voltage characteristics, small-signal dynamic parameters
  2. MOS transistor small-signal model, MOS and bipolar transistor comparison
  3. Noise in resistors, diodes, MOS and bipolar transistors, Amplifier noise figure, Component mismatch, choosing component value and dimensions, Distortion
  4. Amplifier bias networks, setting of transistor dimensions
  5. Amplifier small-signal analysis, gain, bandwidth
  6. Amplifier design rules, choosing transistor dimensions, goals, limitations
  7. Basic single-stage amplifier configurations, cascode amplifier, Basic configurations of two-stage operational amplifiers
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Amplifier stability analysis, dominant and non-dominant poles, zeros, Design rules for maximum gain-bandwidth product
  10. Three-stage amplifiers and design rules, Symmetric operational amplifier
  11. Folded cascode operational amplifier, Fully differential amplifiers
  12. Fully differential amplifiers
  13. High input- and output-swing amplifiers, rail-to-rail amplifiers
  14. High input- and output-swing amplifiers, rail-to-rail amplifiers
  15. Final exam

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(.), R. Jacob Baker, CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation, 3rd Edition, IEEE Press, 2010.,
(.), R. Jacob Baker, CMOS Mixed-Signal Circuit Design, 2nd Edition, IEEE Press, 2002.,


Laboratory exercises

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ID 183486
  Summer semester
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning
45 Lectures
0 Seminar
15 Exercises
12 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

87 Excellent
75 Very Good
62 Good
50 Sufficient