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ESS065 - Analog VLSI design
Owner: TELTA
4,0 Credits (ECTS 6)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0199 Examination 4,0 c Grading: TH   4,0 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

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TDATA COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Digital Systems Design, Year 4 (elective)


Univ lektor  Lena Peterson


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

EME010 Digital VLSI design, Control Engineering.


The purpose of the course is to give the students knowledge about design of on-chip analog circuits. Det course focuses on analog building blocks implemented in CMOS technology. This technology is dominating in digital circuits today; for cost reasons it is important to use it also for analog subsystems. The course concentrates on the design cycle and is to give the participants a design perspective on analog electronics.

After passing this course the students should know how to design important analog building blocks (such as operational amplifiers, filters) with a predefined topology from a given specification. To this end the course should give practical skills in using hand calculations and circuit simulation tools.

The course should also contain an overview of where analog subsystems are used in modern electronic systems and products.


The course aims at giving understanding about the design process and knowledge of analog-circuit design. This knowledge includes both knowledge of the characteristics of basic analog building blocks and skills in using hand calculations and circuit simulations tools.

Skill goals:

The students should acquire skills in using hand calculations based on circuit small-signal diagrams and in using industrial circuit simulation tools to verify these hand calculations.

The students should be able to derive the small-signal diagram for a given circuit diagram.

Knowledge goals:

After the cousle the students should know how to design major analog building blocks (for example operational amplifiers, filters) with a specified topology and given to a given specification.

The students should understand the connection between the circuit specification, the transistor parameters (e g, transconductance, output conductance) and the design parameters (e g, transistor width and length, quiescent current).

The students should understand the difference between small-signal and large-signal characteristics for transistors and circuits.

The students should understand how negative feedback is used in amplifier systems to tailor the amplifier characteristics to the particular amplication.

The students should know how the dynamic range of analog circuits is determined by noise and distortion and be how noise and distortion is generated and propagated in such circuits.

The students should also recognize the additional steps that need to be taken when designing analog circuits in an industrial setting.


The most important topics in the course are:
1) The MOS transistor in analog circuits
2) Amplifier theory with feedback and compensation
3) Basic analog biuilding blocks in CMOS
4) Design of analog systems in CMOS
5) Passive components and the impact of parasitic components


The core of the course is five laboratory assignments. These labs are computer labs done in the circuit-design tool Cadence Analog Artist. The first three labs cover amplifiers and the goal is to design and verify a two-stage operational amplifier. The labs are compulsory and carried out by students working in pairs. For each lab a pre-lab hand-in and an post-lab written lab report are to be completed. There are a number of lectures and exercise sessions. There are additional hand-in assignments.


Behzad Razavi: Design of Analog Integrated Circuits McGraw-Hill, 1999
Additional course material


To get the grade 3 the student has to successfully complete the hand-in assignments, lab assignments and lab reports. To earn a higher grade the student also has to take the final exam.

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