Technical Training for Professionals

Expected Q3 2021


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 the use 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.
Those who cannot or who don’t want to use MATLAB, can use an open source tool.


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.

Course schedule Expected Q3 2021
Duration 11 days in a period of 18 weeks
Course leader Hans Vink MSc
Price € 5,500 *
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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
1. Available power gain and biasing of active components
2. Biasing techniques:

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

Day 3: CE and CS amplifier stages

  • Chopper stabilised biasing;
  • Available power gain;
  • Noise behavior;
  • Linearity;
  • Dynamic behavior;
  • Output drive capability. 

Day 4: Application of balancing techniques

  • Differential stages;
  • Push-pull stages;

Day 5: Application of negative feedback
1. Balanced and unbalanced local-feedback stages
2. 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;
  • Minimisation 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.


Participants will receive a High Tech Institute certificate after completing homework and final assignment of this training.

Remarks from participants

'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 Bagci - 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

* Prices are subject to change. Price correction will be applied at the end of the year.