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MICROELECTRONICS

CODE 106786
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 10 cfu during the 1st year of 8732 INGEGNERIA ELETTRONICA (LM-29) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-INF/01
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to give to the student knowledge and skills related to electronic devices and microelectronics.

    Attendance and active participation in the proposed educational activities (lectures) and individual study will allow the student to:

    • be able to analyze the electrical scheme of a signal conditioning CMOS circuit and understand the functionality of each transistor in the circuit

    • analyze by means of a circuit simulation the operation of a signal conditioning CMOS circuit according to the usual operating modes i.e. in direct current (working point), over time, in the frequency domain

    • evaluate the performance of a transconductance amplifier using the most used evaluation metrics e.g. time and frequency response, power consumption, response to differential mode and common mode inputs, slew rate

    • analyze and develop signal conditioning circuits

    • analyze and develop sensor signal acquisition circuits

    • understand the design flow of a transconductance operational amplifier circuit

    • understand the main analysis metrics of Analog-Digital and Digital-Analog conversion systems

    • understand the main circuit architectures of Analog-Digital and Digital-Analog conversion systems

    • analyze the effects of the dispersion of technological parameters on the performance of a circuit in CMOS technology

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course consists of lectures for a total of about 50 hours. Attendance to lectures is compulsory, as per the didactic regulations.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course program includes the following topics:

    • charge inversion regions and operating points of the MOS transistor

    • Structure of MOS devices and CMOS technology

    • The MOS transistor used as a digital and analog switch

    • Basic circuit configurations and "cascode" topology

    o Common drain stage

    o Common source stage

    o Common gate stage

    o Double cascode

    o Folded cascode

    o Current mirror

    • Transconductance Amplifier, Operational Transconductance Amplifier (OTA)

    o Differential pair

    o Differential pair with active load

    o Analysis of the working point and frequency analysis

    o Cascode and folded cascode circuit topology

    o Ancillary circuits: common mode voltage control circuit, bias circuit

    • Multistage amplifier: OTA Miller

    • Robustness to the dispersion of technological parameters and technological scaling

    • Design flow

    • Introduction to continuous time and sampled time analog filters

    • Analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion systems

    • Sigma-Delta modulator

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    The teaching material is published on the Aulaweb page of the course.

    The reference textbooks are:

    -              Sedra/Smith, Circuiti per la Microelettronica, EdiSES, Quarta Edizione.

    Altri testi di approfondimento:

    -              Y. Tzividis, Mixed ANALOG-DIGITAL VLSI Devices and TECHNOLOGY, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pie. Ltd., 2002

    -              B. Razavi, Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 2000.

    -              W. Sansen, Analog Design Essentials, Springer, 2005.

    -              N.H.E. Weste, D.M. Harris, CMOS VLSI Design – A circuit and system perspective, 4th Ed., Addison Wesley Publisher, 2011

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam consists of an oral exam. The oral exam focuses on the theoretical / practical topics taught during the course. Three sessions will be available in the summer session and three sessions in the winter session.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of depth of each topic will be given during the lectures. The oral exam mainly focusses on the topics covered during the lectures and will have the purpose of evaluating not only if the student has reached an adequate level of knowledge, but if she/he has acquired the ability to critically analyze the different circuit topologies of transconductance amplifiers and of Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog conversion systems.