EE3331TU Structured electronic design - basics

Topics: Systematic approach to the design of analog electronic circuits for non-electrical engineers
This course focuses on a systematic approach to the design of analog electronic circuits for non-electrical engineers. The methodology presented in the course is based on the concepts of hierarchy, orthogonality and efficient modelling. It is applied to the design of negative-feedback amplifiers. It is shown that aspects such as ideal transfer; noise performance, distortion and bandwidth can be optimized independently. A systematic approach to biasing completes the discussion. Lectures are interactive and combined with weekly sessions where students can work on exercises under supervision of the professors. After this course the students should be able to effectively communicate with a professional expert analog designers and understand and discuss the design considerations. Study Goals After the course a student:
  • Has become familiar with a scientific way to design circuits.
  • Knows the contrast between the standard heuristic methods (familiar but incomprehensible for most of the students) that are mainly based on encyclopaedial experience and a well-structured way that is based on insight
  • Knows the basic principles of a systematic, hierarchical design methodology for analog circuits, using negative feedback amplifiers as an example.
  • Is able to design high performance basic circuits based on insight instead of experience that only builds up after many years of practical work.
  • Can do a bandwidth estimation using the loopgain-poles product
  • Can effectively use nullors to find optimal designs
  • Can do a noise optimization of a negative feedback amplifier
  • Knows how to use a simulator like Spice to verify a circuit design
  • Can use Linda for root locus analysis
  • Masters a systematic way to bias analog circuits
  • is able to select the optimal amplifier topology with respect to source and load
  • Knows the best design order
  • Can estimate and explain the effect of loopgain in a negative feedback amplifier
  • Is able to rank feedback networks based on their performance
  • Is able to estimate the errors when a “second-best” option has to be chosen for a design because of practical limits

Teachers Chris Verhoeven

Design methodology for Analog Electronics, electronics for nano satellites, electronics for (swarm) robots

Last modified: 2014-06-12


Credits: 4 EC
Period: 0/4/0/0
Contact: Chris Verhoeven