Design of Electronic Circuits
Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
Catalog Data: 

ECE 304A -- Design of Electronic Circuits  (4 units)

Description: Integrated theory and design laboratory course. Current mirrors, active loads, multi-stage amplifiers, output stages, frequency response and feedback with emphasis on design, simulations of design and laboratory verification, measurement techniques and technical communications.

Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E

Course Fee: $100

ECE 351C

Sedra, Adel S. and Kenneth C. Smith. Microelectronic Circuits. 7th ed. Oxford University Press. 2015
Herniter, Marc E. Schematic Capture with Cadence PSpice. 2nd ed. Prentice Hall. 2002.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

Students completing this course should be able to design and use basic analog building blocks and understand how they interact using the operational amplifier as an example. The emphasis in the lectures is on developing recognition of the interplay between large-signal and small-signal behavior, on learning the constraints each place on the other, and upon using multiple stages to circumvent these problems.

Specifically, students should be able to:

  1. Design a current mirror to meet specified compliance voltage, AC ripple requirements, etc.
  2. Design differential amplifiers using active or resistive loads to meet large-signal swing and small-signal gain specifications.
  3. Design output stages to meet power delivery, efficiency and heating specifications.
  4. Relate capacitance in devices to the frequency performance of circuits, including the Miller effect.
  5. Use multiple stages (like the cascode, or voltage follower input and output stages) to avoid frequency limitations.
  6. Design a cascade of differential amplifiers that meets large signal and gain requirements.
  7. Use the methods of open- and short-circuit time constants to estimate bandwidth.
  8. Determine the loop gain of a feedback amplifier using return ratio.
  9. Determine the loaded gain of a feedback amplifier using two-ports 
  10. Design the four types of amplifier (voltage, current, transconductance and transresistance), based upon two-port theory and T -section resistor feedback networks.
  11. Relate feedback to frequency performance and stability using Bode plots.
  12. Design a stable circuit using Miller compensation.
  13. Design circuits to work for a range of device parameter variations.
  14. Build working circuit prototypes.
  15. Test and troubleshoot a prototype.
  16. Keep lab notebooks using standards required for use in a patent dispute.
  17. Write clear technical reports that meet professional standards.
  18. Use a variety of measurement instruments and techniques.
  19. Work closely with a colleague.
Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Three, 50-minute lectures per week
One, 170-minute lab session per week

Relationship to Student Outcomes: 

ECE 304A contributes directly to the following specific Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Outomes of the ECE department:

an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (High)
an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (Medium)
an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability (High)
an ability to function on multi-disciplinary terms (Low)
an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (Medium)
an ability to communicate effectively (Medium)
an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. (High)

Prepared by: 
Dr. Hal Tharp
Prepared Date: 

University of Arizona College of Engineering