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31-03-2014

Design of analog electronicsThe design of analog electronic circuits can be done through a controllable design route, with predictable results, first time right. During introductory sessions in Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Enschede and Delft, ir. Anton Montagne will explain how.


The sessions will be short guided tours. During a guided tour the structure of a design process for analog electronics will be presented and this will be explained with examples. These examples are from reality and concern the whole process from specifying till realizing and testing the design. Also attention will be given to the application of different design tools during various stages of the design.


The guided tour contains elements which are important for both designing embedded systems with analog electronics like printed circuit board assemblies as designing integrated circuits. 


After the guided tour Anton Montagne will explain the current course modules. This explanation will focus on how the various elements of structured design relate to eachother (in the course modules) and which courses and tools are in development. There will also be time for discussion concerning the development of our courses.


More information on the introductory sessions 

Monday 26 May, 16:00 - 18:00 hrs in Nijmegen
Wednesday 28 May, 16:00 - 18:00 hrs in Eindhoven
Monday 2 June, 16:00 - 18:00 hrs in Enschede
Tuesday 3 June, 16:00 - 18:00 hrs in Delft


If you are interested in one of above introductory sessions, please send us an e-mail with your name, company name, e-mail address, phone number and location of preference to: training@hightechinstitute.nl 


Programme


1. Introduction
(a) General introduction
(b) Analog electronics


2. Capita selecta design theory
(a) Introduction
(b) Techniques
(c) Do’s and don’ts


3. Design method for (analog) electronics
(a) Concepts from information processing
(b) Design method


4. Short guided tour embedded analog design
(a) Design study and performance speci…cation
(b) Functions and objects
(c) Manifestation of errors and error budgeting
(d) Cost factors and design …gure of merit
(e) Notes on use of application notes
(f) Notes on use of simulation tools


5. Short guided tour IC circuit design (transistor-level design)
(a) Basic function design method
(b) Short overview algorithmic ampli…er design


6. Concluding topics
(a) Education and training


More background information

The design of analog electronic circuits is known to be complex. This is mainly because designers have to deal with many relevant performance aspects that can be achieved in many different ways. In other words: there are many degrees of freedom for obtaining the desired performance of an electronic circuit. Theoretical concepts, circuit topologies, electronic devices, their operating conditions and the physical lay-out of a system, together constitute an enormous design space in which it is easy to get lost. For this reason analog electronics is often regarded as an art rather than a solid discipline. 


Experienced designers, intuitively use all these degrees of freedom to modify known solutions into new ones. However, intuition can be regarded as knowledge from which its origin has become unclear. It cannot easily be shared with novices and, therefore, it cannot be the unique basis for design education. Design education and the design of new products, that have to perform specific information processing tasks and that should be manufactured in specific technologies, has to be done in a different way. Instead of taking existing solutions to known problems as starting point, it is far more effective to start a new design with theoretical concepts and find ways in which they can be implemented, so that possibilities of the technologies can fully be exploited. Such an approach not only results in clear and reliable designs with predictable performance, but it also provides a basis for sharing and developing knowledge.


Our courses on analog electronics stand out from the main stream by the methodical and design-oriented approach, which targets an industrial environment: 
1) First of all students learn which characteristics and constraints are relevant to a design 
2) Then they learn to design concepts by application of synthesis techniques 
3) By means of modeling, they learn how the characteristics of these concepts can be fixed by design 
4) After that they learn how to detail the concepts and verify their behavior 
5) Based on clear selection criteria, they learn to choose the most promising concept and to further engineer this 
6) At the end of the course they present their design, the design route and the design decisions they took 
7) They learn to draw up a design document that grows with their design from day one 


The advantages of this approach are: 
1) Predictable results 
2) Controllable design route 
3) First-time right 


Satisfied customers over the past 25 years of experience in training professionals have justified this approach. The most often heard reaction of students is: "I wish I had always learned electronics in this way!". Since 1985 Anton Montagne provided courses for amongs other Océ, Chess, 3T, ASML, Philips, Texas Instruments and Ericsson / Sony Ericsson.  


See for more information on the courses: http://www.hightechinstitute.nl/en/training/electronics/ 

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