Santa Clara University


Analog Design Center Courses

ELEN 251. Transistor Models for IC Design
Semiconductor device modeling methods based upon device physics, process technology, and parameter extraction. Model derivation for bipolar junction transistors and metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors for use in circuit simulators. Model parameter extraction methodology utilizing linear regression, data fitting, and optimization techniques.

ELEN 252. Analog Integrated Circuits I
Design and analysis of multi-stage BJT and CMOS analog amplifiers. Study of differential amplifiers, current mirrors, and gain stages. Frequency response of cascaded amplifiers and gain-bandwidth considerations. Concepts of feedback, stability, and frequency compensation.

ELEN 253. Analog Integrated Circuits II
Design of operational amplifiers and wideband amplifiers. Design of output stages and power amplifiers. Reference and biasing circuits. Study of noise and distortion in analog ICs and concepts of low noise design. Selected applications of analog circuits such as comparators.

ELEN 254. Advanced Analog Integrated Circuit
Design architecture and design of sample and hold amplifiers, analog to digital, and digital to analog converters. Design of continuous time and switched capacitor filters.

ELEN 264. Semiconductor Device Theory I
Physics of semiconductor materials, junctions, and contacts as a basis for understanding all types of semiconductor devices.

ELEN 265. Semiconductor Device Theory II
Continuation of ELEN 264. Bipolar transistors, MOS, and junction field-effect transistors, and semiconductor surface phenomena.

ELEN 345. Phase-Locked Loops I
Basic loop. Components. Describing equations. Stability. Transients. Modulation and demodulation.

ELEN 346. Phase-Locked Loops II
Additive noise response. Random modulation. Nonlinear operation with noise. Cycle-slipping.

ELEN 351. RF Integrated Circuit Design
Introduction to RF terminology, technology tradeoffs in RFIC design. Architecture and design of radio receivers and transmitters. Low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, and frequency synthesizers.

ELEN 352. Mixed Signal IC Design for Data Communications
Design and analysis of mixed signal circuits for data communications. Introduction to data communications terminology and signaling conventions. Data transmission media, noise sources. Data transceiver design: Signal coding/decoding, transmit signal waveshaping, receive equalization. Timing Circuits: Clock generation and recovery techniques.

ELEN 353. Power IC Design
Basic buck, boost, and buck-boost DC to DC converter topologies in both continuous and discontinuous conduction modes (CCM and DCM). Analog and digital controlled pulse width modulation techniques. Efficiency and control loop stability analysis. Critical MOSFET parameters and non-ideal circuit behavior will be studied using time and frequency domain computer modeling.

ELEN 354. Advanced RFIC Design
Design and analysis of passive circuits (filters, splitters, and couplers), Gilbert cell mixers, low phase noise VCOs, frequency translators, and amplifiers. Advanced simulation methods, such as envelope and time domain simulations. Class project designed to meet specifications, design rules, and device models of RFIC foundry.

ELEN 387. VLSI Design I
Introduction to VLSI design and methodology. Analysis of CMOS integrated circuits. Circuit modeling and performance evaluation supported by simulation (SPICE). Ratioed, switch, and dynamic logic families. Design of sequential elements. Full-custom layout using CAD tools.

ELEN 388. VLSI Design II
Continuation of VLSI design and methodology. Design of arithmetic circuits and memory. Comparison of semi-custom versus fully custom design. General concept of floor planning, placement, and routing. Introduction of signal integrity through the interconnect wires.

ELEN 701. RF Microwave and Systems
The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the general hardware components, system parameters, and architectures of RF and microwave wireless systems. Practical examples of components and system configurations are emphasized. Communication systems are used to illustrate the applications. Other systems, such as, radar, the global positioning system (GPS), RF identification (RFID), and direct broadcast systems (DBS) are introduced.

ELEN 705. Computer-Aided Design for Microwaves
A survey of approaches to CAD and to existing CAD software packages. Extensive applications in microwaves. Modeling, synthesis, algorithms, optimization.

ELEN 706. Microwave Circuit Analysis and Design
Microwave circuit theory and techniques. Emphasis on microwave integrated circuits (MIC) and waveguides. Planar transmission lines including microstrip, coplanar waveguides, and slotline. Field problems formulated into network problems for TEM and other structures. Transmission line theory, impedance, scattering and transmission parameters, Smith charts, impedance matching, and transformation techniques.

ELEN 711. Active Microwave Devices I
Scattering and noise parameters of microwave transistors, physics of silicon bipolar and gallium arsenide MOSFET transistors, device physics, models, and high-frequency limitations. Applications to microwave amplifier and oscillator designs.

ELEN 712. Active Microwave Devices II
Continuation of ELEN 711. Emphasis on linear active circuits and computer-aided design techniques.

ELEN 714. Nonlinear Microwave Device Modeling I
Continuation of ELEN 712. Nonlinear models of diodes, bipolar transistors, and FETs applied to the design of frequency converters, amplifiers, and oscillators.

ELEN 715. Antennas I
Fundamentals of radiation, antenna pattern, directivity and gain. Linear antennas. Linear and planar phased arrays. Broadband antennas. Antennas as components of communications and radar systems. Offered in alternate years. ELEN 716. Antennas II Continuation of ELEN 715. Aperture, horn, reflector, and lens antennas. Antenna CAD. Moment methods for antenna elements, arrays, and complex structures. Scattering. Radar cross-section. Antenna measurements.

ELEN 717. Antennas III
Continuation of ELEN 716. Printed microstrip antennas. Large antenna design. High-frequency techniques. Geometrical optics. Physical optics. Diffraction. Antenna synthesis.

ELEN 726. Microwave Measurements, Theory, and Techniques
Theory comprises six classroom meetings covering signal flow graphs, error models and corrections, S-parameter measurements, scalar and vector analyzers, microwave resonator measurements, noise figure measurements, signal generation and characterization, spectrum analyzers, and phase noise measurements. Four laboratory meetings.

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