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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[70/83]  ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING [83/00 - Ord. 2018]  PERCORSO COMUNE 10 100


Acquiring knowledge and understanding: understand the basic mechanisms of integrated circuits.
Applying knowledge and understanding: develop the ability to analyze an integrated circiut.
Making informed judgement and choices: develop the ability to properly use CAD/EDA tools and decide a design approach for integrated circuits
Communicating knowledge and understanding: getting the technical language of design.
Capacities to continue learning: ability to read a datasheet and apply theory to development of integrated circuits


Basic knowledge of Electron Devices (MOS) and Circuit Theory.
Boolean algebra and logic networks.


Introduction to electronic systems
Basic design concepts (analog vs. digital)
CMOS process
MOS transistor - Fabrication process Layers - Equations Simulation and design models (analog and digital) Layout
Electric noise
Noise origin (thermal, flicker, shot) Circuit noise Signal-to-noise ratio
CMOS Inverter
Voltage transfer characteristic (VTC) Noise margins Layout - Propagation delay Power consumption - Sizing
Logic gates
Static logic gates (CMOS, pass-transistor) Dynamic logic gates (domino, NP logic) Latch and flip-flop
Solid-state memories
Characteristic of memories Architectures ROM RAM non-volatile RAM Circuit elements (memory cells, sense amplifier)
Special purpose CMOS circuits
Schmitt Trigger Multivibrators - Input buffers Charge pump Phase-Locked Loop and Delay-Locked Loop
Digital design flow (synthesis, place&route).
Current mirrors
Simple current mirror Cascode Biasing circuits
Characteristics Biasing - Basic topologies (Common-Source, Common-gate, Source-follower) Cascode Push-pull
Differential amplifiers
Characteristics Differential pair Cascode differential amplifiers Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) Differential pair with active load Fully-Differential circuits
Voltage references
MOS-resistor voltage references Bandgap
Operational amplifiers
Two stage Op-Amp Operational Transconductance Amplifier (OTA) Biasing Common-Mode Feedback (CMFB)
Design methodology: gm over Id
Dynamic circuits
MOS switch Sample&Hold Comparators Switched-capacitors circuits

Teaching Methods

Lectures (70h) and lab sessions (30h). Lectures are interactive and meant to stimulate the students to propose solutions and ideas.

Verification of learning

Written exam (4 exercises)and discussion. The final grade is the average.
Students who attend the lectures will have the opportunity to partition the exam in 2 written partial exams that will take place according to the faculty calendar. Final grade is the average of the grades obtained in the 2 partial exams.

The main aim of the written exam is to verify the acquired skills in terms of circuit analysis and design.
Analysis: the student will be asked to analyze a circuit and identify some figures of merit; as an example, given a logic gate determine propagation delay or power consumption.
Design: given a set of specs, the student will be asked to choose the proper circuit topology and size the components such as transistors, capacitors and resistors; as an example, given bandwidth, power consumption and gain, sizing all the device of an OTA.

The oral exam has the aim to verify the skills in terms of circuit theory and design techniques and to verify if the capability to solve the exercises derives from a deep comprehension of the design methodology.


Digital Integrated Circuits:
J. Rabaey, A. Chandrakasan, B. Nikolic, "Digital Integrated Circuits, 2nd Edition", Pearson, ISBN-9780130909961

Analog Integrated Circuits:
T. Carusone, D. Johns, K. Martin, "Analog Integrated Circuit Design 2e", Wiley; ISBN: 978-1-118-09233-0

Suggested for further reading
“CMOS: Circuit Design, Layout and Simulation” – Jacob Baker – Ed. Wiley,
ISBN 978-0-470-88132-3

More Information

To meet specific educational needs related to the epidemiological situation, it is possible that some lectures will be live streamed or that recording of the lectures will be made available online. Furthermore, the lab sessions could be carried out through forms of remote interaction with the available IT supports.

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