Develop an expertise in circuit design, automation, and modern integrated circuits as you study both analog and mixed signal circuits.
The certificate in integrated electronics offers a comprehensive curriculum in the design of state-of-the-art electronic circuits for professionals active in the electrical engineering field. Course work builds on an introductory understanding of semiconductor device physics and basic circuit theory. The design of analog and mixed-signal circuits are addressed in study focusing on issues and trade-offs involved in widely used circuits. In addition, the certificate offers an advanced in-depth understanding of all processes involved in designing a modern integrated circuit, including electronic design automation.
This certificate primarily targets people already active in the electrical engineering field and allows experienced technicians and physical designers to become more cross-functional and stronger contributors to multidisciplinary teams. The curriculum provides them with a path for professional growth.
The course covers the basics of DC circuit analysis starting with the definition of voltage, current, resistance, power and energy. Ohm’s and Kirchoff's laws, as well as linearity and superposition principles, are applied to analysis of circuits having series, parallel and other combinations of elements. Thevenin, Norton and maximum power transfer theorems are applied. The time-dependent behavior of RC, RL, and RLC circuits is explored. The study of AC circuit analysis commences with the study of sinusoidal steady-state solutions for circuits in the time domain. The complex plane is introduced along with the concepts of complex exponential functions, phasors, impedances, and admittances. Nodal, loop, and mesh methods of analysis as well as Thevenin and related theorems are applied to the complex plane. The concept of complex power is developed. The laboratory component incorporates (1) the use of instrumentation including power supplies, signal generators and oscilloscopes to reinforce concepts discussed in class, and (2) the use of circuit simulation software (PSPICE) for analysis and design of circuits.
This is the first course in a two-course sequence in analog electronic circuit design. The course covers the following topics: (1) Basic MOSFET current-voltage characteristics; (2) DC and small-signal analysis and design of Metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices and circuits, including single-stage MOS amplifier configurations; (3) DC biasing circuits, such as basic current sources and current mirrors; (4) Two-transistor amplifier stages, such as differential amplifiers, cascode amplifiers, and output stages; (5) Analysis and design of multistage amplifiers; (6) Frequency response of single and multistage amplifiers; (7) Semiconductor diodes and diode circuits, including rectifying and clamping circuits, as well as Zener diode-based voltage regulation; (8) Ideal operational amplifier (op amp) circuits in non-inverting and inverting configurations.
This is the second course in a two-course sequence in analog and digital electronic circuit analysis and design. The analog portion of the course covers the following topics: (1) DC and small signal analysis and design of bipolar junction transistor (BJT) circuits; (2) BJT DC biasing circuits; (3) Simple and compound BJT amplifier stages; (4) Analysis and design of BJT multi-stage amplifiers and op-amps; (5) Frequency response of BJT-based single and multi-stage amplifiers; (6) Feedback and stability in BJT and MOSFET amplifiers. The digital portion of the course covers the essential concepts and applications of digital electronic circuits implemented ins NMOS and CMOS technologies. Topics include the following: (7) static and dynamic behavior of NMOS and CMOS inverters; (8) combinational and sequential CMOS logic networks; (9) dynamic CMOS logic networks, including precharge-evaluate, domino and transmission gate techniques; (10) special topics, including static and dynamic MOS memory and low-power logic.
Mixed Signal IC Design
This is the first course in the graduate course sequence in analog integrated circuit design EEEE-726 and EEEE-730. This course covers the following topics: (1)Fundamentals of data conversion (2) Nyquist rate digital-to-analog converters (3) Quantization noise and analysis (4) Nyquist rate analog-to-digital converters (5) Sample and hold circuits (6) Voltage references (7) Static and dynamic testing of digital-to-analog converters (8) Cell based design strategies for integrated circuits (9)Advanced topics in data conversion.