Design of analog electronics - analog IC design


Location:Eindhoven or Nijmegen
Price:€ 5.500,00 excl. VAT
Duration:11 days in a period of 18 weeks, +31 85 401 3600


This course is the follow-up course of the course “Design of analog electronics - Analog Electronics 1”. It addresses the design of application-specific amplifiers with discrete transistors or in IC technology.

Included in the course price are the course book and a license and one year support of the symbolic simulator SLiCAP (Read more here). Course participants require a laptop and a license for MATLAB including the Symbolic Math Toolbox. For those who cannot make use of a company license, a low-cost home version of MATLAB including the Symbolic Math Toolbox for self-study can be acquired. This license is not included in the course price.

The participant will make use of the new symbolic circuit simulator: SLiCAP-MATLAB. The capabilities of this simulator reach far beyond those of existing symbolic Spice simulators. It can be used for deriving design equations that relate properties of active and passive devices to those of the complete circuit. With the aid of these design equations and a component library with available components and their properties, the engineering of analog circuits can largely be automated. SLiCAP concurrently generates html design reports.


After the course, the participant will be able to:

-           Specify and design an analog integrated circuit comprising application-specific amplifiers and DC references.

-           Design amplifiers, level shifts and voltage and current references with discrete transistors or in BiCMOS or in CMOS technology.

Intended for

Designers with little or no experience in analog circuit design as well as for experienced analog circuit designers who want to improve their skills.

Education: At least BSc in physics or electrical engineering.

Prior knowledge: linear algebra, matrices, complex numbers, transformations, network theory and of the knowledge and skills learned through course module DAE-AE1.


Day 1: IC processes and device modeling

- BiCMOS technology:

  • Modeling of semiconductor devices  
  • Device operation and simulation models 
  • Models for hand calculations


Day 2: Principle of amplification

Available power gain and biasing of active components

- Biasing techniques:

  • Principle 
  • AC and DC coupling
  • Negative-feedback biasing
  • Model-based biasing
  • Auto-zero biasing


Day 3: CE and CS amplifier stages     

- Chopper stabilized biasing

- Available power gain

- Noise behavior


- Dynamic behavior

- Output drive capability


Day 4: Application of balancing techniques

- Differential stages

- Push-pull stages


Day 5: Application of negative feedback

- Balanced and unbalanced local-feedback stages

- Balanced and unbalanced model-based feedback amplifier stages:

  • Current mirrors
  • Voltage mirrors
  • Variable-gain stages


Day 6: Design of multiple-stage amplifiers

- Overview amplifier properties and design techniques (see also DAE-AE1)

- Design of cascaded amplifiers

- Design of over-all feedback amplifiers


Day 7: DC References

Design method for voltage- and current references

- Design of current references

- Design of voltage references


Day 8-10: The final exercise comprises the design of an application-specific amplifier in BiCMOS technology


Attention needs to be paid to the following aspects:

- Desired type of amplifier regarding the application

- Noise behavior

- Load drive capability, linearity and overdrive recovery

- Dynamic behavior and frequency stability

- Temperature stability

- Minimization of the influence of interference signals


Day 11: Presentation of the results of the final assignment by the participants and group discussion


Lectures, practical training, home-work and final assignment.




A HTI certificate after completing homework and final assignment.


“During the training, we learned how to design step by step while understanding the reasoning behind each one of them. I found this design approach highly useful and therefore I would recommend the training strongly.” Ugur Bagsi - ASML
‘‘I have learned a lot from this course, thanks!” Xiaoliang Han - NXP Semiconductors
‘‘Very good course, learnt a lot, pleasant.” Edgar Olthof - NXP Semiconductors


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Design of analog electronics - analog IC design

Eindhoven or Nijmegen
Tel. +31 85 401 3600

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