EE4C09 Structured electronic design

Topics: A systematic approach to the design of analog electronic circuits
The course is introduces a systematic design methodology for analog electronic circuits to the students where the theory is applied to negative feedback amplifiers, but is of course applicable to other electronics circuits, like oscillators, filter and other feedback systems like power converters. (During the lectures, some attention will be paid to application of the theory to oscillators. ) The course intends to provide insight to the students in the way negative feedback amplifiers can be optimally designed by using the proper models at the right time, apply the right order in the design and what design rules exist and how they are applied. It introduces a method to systematically separate a complex design problems into a set of less complex orthogonal sub-problems that are easier to solve, resulting in the global optimal solution. With this insight it will be much easier for the students to follow and understand circuit design courses given by expert designers and evaluate and also realize complex designs. The design approach introduced in this course is frequently encountered in professional design houses, where maximum performance of analog circuits must be achieved. It provided the students the insight and the skills to think and reason about analog circuits, especially negative feedback amplifier on an academic level.

The course treats: the relation between network theory and electronics, circuit analysis using the Chain matrix, interpretation of the values in the chain matrix, negative feedback, the nullor as ideal active circuits, the asymptotic gain model, topology selection, device models, noise, noise transformation techniques, noise reduction techniques, noise optimization, non-linearity, distortion reduction techniques, bandwidth estimation and optimization, different frequency compensation methods and their pro’s and con’s, interpretation of the pole-zero plot and the root locus, biasing of transistors, biasing of transistors, negative feedback biasing of complete amplifiers, biasing sources, current sources, voltage sources, special biasing sources, power supplies and practical passive device models including parasitic elements (but no microwave models”). During the lectures many practical demonstrations will be given. Also there will be frequent use of simulators including a special instruction where parts of the design methodology is demonstrated via dedicated simulation assignments. About half of the contact hours of the course are used for instructions, where the students work on design problems individually and in groups.

The course is 5 ECTS of which 1 ECTS is used for homologation and 1 ECTS working on exercises and assignments. There will also one of two guest lectures where the theory is applied in a specific research field.

Teachers Chris Verhoeven

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

Last modified: 2016-02-24


Credits: 5 EC
Period: 4/0/0/0
Contact: Chris Verhoeven