ECE 4/522: Analog Integrated Circuit Design II

Catalog Description

Analysis and design of BJT and MOS operational amplifiers, current-feedback amplifiers, wideband amplifiers and comparators. Frequency response of amplifiers. Feedback techniques, analysis and design. Stability and compensation of amplifiers, high slew-rate topologies. Noise in IC circuits. Fully differential circuits, analog multipliers and modulators. CAD tools for circuit design and testing. Also offered for graduate-level credit as ECE 522 and may be taken only once for credit.

Credit hours: 4


To learn and be able to apply modern methods and tools for analog integrated circuit design.


ECE 421/521

Course Coordinator and Committee

Dan Hammerstrom (coordinator)

Richard Campbell  

Malgorzata Chrzanowska-Jeske

Branimir Pejčinović

Xiaoyu Song



Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, Paul R. Gray, Paul J. Hurst, Stephen H. Lewis, Robert G. Meyer, J. Wiley and Sons, 2009, ISBN 978-0470245996, 5th Ed.

The course instructor may choose to use a different textbook. Please check with your instructor before purchasing.

Other References

The Art of Electronics, 3rd Edition, Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill, Cambridge, 2015, ISBN 978-0521809269.

Reference materials may vary with instructor.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and design transistor-based operational amplifier topologies.
  2. Analyze the frequency response of transistor-based amplifier topologies.
  3. Analyze and design feedback circuits and establish stability in feedback amplifiers.
  4. Analyze the noise performance of analog circuits.
  5. Analyze and design translinear, multiplier and complex multiplier circuits.
  6. Design and build a prototype analog circuit of the students choosing to meet desired specifications.
  7. Present the results of the design project in a written report.

Topical Outline

  • Operational amplifiers. OPAMP topologies; Deviations from ideality; Analysis of monolithic opamps; Design considerations.
  • Frequency response. Single-stage frequency response; Multistage frequency response; Frequency response of the 741 opamp; Frequency/time response relationship. All-pass networks.
  • Feedback. Ideal feedback; Gain sensitivity; Effect of feedback on distortion; Feedback configurations; Effect of loading; Single-stage feedback; Multiple-loop feedback; Voltage regulator.
  • Frequency response and stability of feedback amplifiers. Gain/bandwidth relationship in feedback amplifiers; Instability and the Nyquist criterion; Compensation; Slew rate.
  • Noise in integrated circuits. Noise sources; Noise models; Circuit noise calculations; Equivalent input noise generators; Noise bandwidth; Noise figure and noise temperature.
  • Translinear and current-mode circuits. Translinear principle; Translinear circuits; Current-mode amplifiers; Wide-band amplifiers.
  • Analog multipliers. Principles of analog multipliers; Gilbert multiplier; Multiplier specifications; Multiplier applications.IQ multipliers.

Course Structure

The class meets for four hours of lecture each week. The grade is based on a quizzes, a project, and exams. For details of the grading criteria, please see the syllabus provided by your instructor.

Relevant Program Outcomes

The following program outcomes are supported by this course:

(a) An ability to apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet a range of informal to formal descriptions/specifications.
(i) Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

    Prepared By: James McNames
    Last revised: 7/05/17