The course aims to provide advanced knowledge on analog and mixed signal electronic circuits in CMOS technology and mixed Bipolar / CMOS in low frequency applications. Furthermore, during the course there will be numerical, computer and experimental exercises aimed at consolidating the topics and techniques dealt with during the lectures.
Knowledge and understanding. The student will know the main circuit configurations and the techniques for designing and optimizing the performance parameters of Comparators, Operational and Transconductance Amplifiers, Discrete (time continuous) and Integrated (time continuous and sampled data) Filters and Data Converters. He will have a better knowledge of an environment of simulation and experimental characterization.
Applying knowledge and understanding. The student will be able to understand, analyze and simulate the performance parameters of the studied circuit configurations and basic and advanced analog and mixed signal blocks present in modern integrated systems. They will also be able to choose the most appropriate circuit configuration for solving design problems. Finally, thanks to the laboratory activities, the student will improve his or her skills in teamwork and problem solving.
Communication skills and learning skills. Upon completion of the course, the student is expected to acquire the ability to convey to his / her interlocutors, in a clear and complete way, the acquired knowledge and will also be able to rework the knowledge to extend it to situations not explicitly dealt with, also being able to learn independently.
Learning assesment. The exam consists of an oral test preceded by the presentation of a course project.
The course project is typically carried out in a group (of 2-4 students). The work focuses on the design, simulation of integrated circuit blocks at the transistor level or experimental implementation of discrete circuits.
The oral exam typically consists of 3 questions. One question is about the work, one about filters and one about data converters. The overall grade of the exam, in thirty-one, takes into account the draft and the answer to the 3 questions, in terms of completeness, accuracy and language properties. The average duration of the exam is 30 min.
Learning assessment may also be carried out on line, should the conditions require it.
The course is based on both frontal lessons and exercitations (by hand and with the aid of computer simulator, a Tutor will help during the lab activities) aimed at developing, consolidating and putting in practice the theory developed and the design techniques. Seminars held by experienced designers and researchers from academies and industries will be also organized.
If the teaching for necessity will be given in a mixed or remote mode, the necessary changes may be introduced with respect to what was previously stated, in order to respect the program envisaged and reported in the Syllabus. The teacher is also available for electronic reception meetings, by email appointment.