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Postgraduate Course: Analogue VLSI B (ELEE11043)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will extend the student's knowledge of analogue integrated circuit design to a variety of common blocks found in mixed-signal systems.

1.To extend the student's proficiency and understanding of the design flow for analogue and mixed-signal circuits using industry-standard computer-aided design tools.

2.To advance design knowledge of common analogue circuits used within mixed-signal systems.

3.To carry out a design project of an integrated circuit block from specifications to layout and verification using state-of-the-art CAD tools.

This course will prepare the student for work within a design team involving interaction between analogue and digital design engineers.
Course description The lecture series covers all the concepts necessary to complete the design of a cyclic analogue to digital converter in a submicron CMOS technology. The practical work of the course involves the design from specifications to layout of a 200MHz GBW fully-differential amplifier in a foundry 0.35um CMOS process. The amplifier forms the core of a 10-bit cyclic ADC covered in the lecture material. Students employ Cadence mixed-signal design tools and gain a familiarity of the complete design flow from schematic capture, analogue simulation, worst-case and yield prediction, custom layout, verification and post-layout extraction. The course is assessed on the basis of a design report (85%) and an oral design review (15%) conducted at a workstation with the design database and report available.
The lecture course synopsys is as follows: cyclic ADC operation, ADC specifications, INL, DNL, SINAD, digital error correction, differential signals, fully-differential amplifiers, common-mode feedback, cascode biasing, power-down, settling, gain, phase, output swing requirements, transistor sizing methodology, switched-capacitor circuit operation, switches, charge injection, clock feedthrough, bottom plate sampling, latched-comparators, auto-zeroed comparators, voltage reference generation, timing generation, non-overlapping clock generators, ADC system operation and simulation techniques.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Analogue VLSI A (ELEE11041)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIt is recommended that this course is taken along with Analogue VLSI A (ELEE11041)
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV2) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 70, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 105 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be based on the following components of work:
1. Lab attendance
2. Record of design work
3. Design files (CAD data-base)
4. Design Report
5. Oral examination
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Students should:

1. Be familiar of a variety of building blocks and architectures found in mixed-signal integrated circuits such as ADC and DACs.

2. Be able to follow a computer-aided design flow for mixed-signal integrated circuits using industry-standard design tools

3. Be able to design, layout and verify analogue sub-blocks from the specification of a simple mixed-signal system.
Reading List
P.E. Allen and D. R. Holberg, CMOS Analog
Circuit Design 2nd Edition, Oxford 2002,
ISBN 0-19-511 644-5
B. Razavi, Design of Analog CMOS
Integrated Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 2001, ISBN
A. Hastings, The Art of Analog Layout 2nd
Edition, Prentice-Hall 2006, ISBN 0-13-
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsVLSI circuits analogue
Course organiserDr Robert Henderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5645
Course secretaryMrs Megan Inch-Kellingray
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079
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