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TITLE Analogue VLSI Signal Conditioning 1

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics

DESCRIPTION The study-unit covers basic integrated components and building block used in analogue VLSI signal conditioning including: active resistors, current sources and current mirrors, inverter amplifiers, differential amplifiers and CMOS transconductance amplifiers. Detailed analysis and operation of these building blocks is explained, including d.c. analysis, a.c. low-frequency and high-frequency operation.

Study-unit Aims

The study-unit aims to train students in the analysis and design of analogue signal conditioning building blocks, used in integrated circuit design, including:

- current sources and current mirrors;
- inverter amplifiers;
- differential amplifiers;
- operational transconductance amplifiers.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- comprehend, analyse and design analogue signal-conditioning integrated circuits including current mirrors, inverter amplifiers, differential amplifiers and OTAs;
- comprehend and carry out d.c. biasing analysis and a.c. low-frequency and high-frequency analysis of the above analogue signal-conditioning integrated circuit building blocks.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to use CADENCE framework software in connection with schematic capture design and simulation of analogue signal-conditioning circuits.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

R.L. Geiger, P.E. Allen and N.R. Strader, "VLSI Design for Analog and Digital Circuits", McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 0-07-100728-8.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Study-unit: MNE1101

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Practicum & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Practical No 20%
Examination (2 Hours and 30 Minutes) Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Joseph Micallef (Co-ord.)

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