Device models play an important role in the translation of an ideal electrical network into an electronic circuit. These models contain parts that match the required ideal network theoretical behavior and parts that model the physical limitations. Electronic design is basically nothing more than finding the optimal electrical network that meets the system requirements and then translating it into a network that is physically realizable by gradually refining the models models used and keeping the influence of non-idealities that are introduced to a minimum in the process. It is important for professional designers to understand the physical background of the device models to be able to estimate the accuracy and the stability of the parameters. In the end this gives the expected performance of the circuit in the real physical world. It also gives clues for further technology improvement. It is important to know which parameters are most dominant in restricting the circuit performance. It is needed to select the technology that is best suited to meet all requirements or prove that the requirements are beyond (present) physical limits.
This course introduces the knowledge and methods to bridge the gap between abstract system requirements and physical circuits and components in both directions. It deals with device physics leading to understanding of transistor models and a systematic design methodology to come from a system requirement to an optimal practical circuit. The course concentrates on the physical description of the most relevant transistors (bipolar and MOS based) and the application of their device model to the design of negative feedback amplifiers and oscillators.
dr.ir. Chris Verhoeven
Design methodology for Analog Electronics, electronics for nano satellites, electronics for (swarm) robots
Rene van Swaaij
Last modified: 2016-02-24