Analogue Integrated Circuits and Systems Design

Higher education teachers: Pleteršek Anton
Collaborators: Pleteršek Anton, Sešek Aleksander, Strle Drago
Credits: 6
Semester: summer
Subject code: 64228

Subject description


  • Basic knowledge of electrical engineering, electronics, circuit analyses and understanding physics.

Content (Syllabus outline):

  • BASIC principles: Integrated circuit technologies, CMOS, BiCMOS and comparison. Active and passive devices available in CMOS technology.
  • Modeling and integration of passive devices like integrated inductors, focused on high frequency (RF). Parameters and devices performance comparison with scaled down technologies to 100nm and beyond.
  • IC circuit design, circuit geometry, design rules, process documentation.
  • Professional VLSI design CAD tools that composed of schematic and geometry entry, layout versus schematic verification,
  • Circuit analysis (HSPICE), worst-case analysis.
  • Chip geometry design, constrains, design rules (DRC), technology limitations, design for matching, high frequency layout, mixed signal layout guidelines
  • BASIC OF DIGITAL design, sequential logic and gates on MOS device level.
  • ANALOG circuit design: Requirements and constraints, basic guidelines. Basic building blocks like current mirrors, current and voltage references, bandgap reference sources, low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, current and voltage comparators and their applications in more complex analog block design (D/A, A/D, RF circuits, oscillators, SC and gm_C). Focus on LPLV (low power, low voltage) circuit architectures, low supply voltage design hints and expected performances (design for supply below 1V). Technologies limitations - focus on solutions in technologies below 100 nm and search for new architectures for amplifiers and other modules, suitable for integration SoC (systems on chip - mix signal design).
  • I/O PERIPHERAL structures with focus on solutions for electrostatic discharge ESD, electromagnetic compatibility EMC, and robustness to latch-up.

Objectives and competences:

This lecture builds the foundation for understanding the analogue integrated circuit design. The objective is to become familiar with the many fundamentals required to design high-performance analog circuits.

Intended learning outcomes:

The student will be able to understand adequate technology and analog circuit, and evaluate the feasibility to fulfill the system requirements; understand the CMOS and BiCMOS processes and parameters and use design tools for IC design in Linux environment.

Transferable/Key skills and other attributes:

  • Communication skills: oral and written presentation of research work.
  • Understanding the Device specification document.
  • Calculation skills: Acceptance of engineering basic estimation approach based on getting filling, best personal judgment and verification using simplified non-equation approach.
  • Problem solving: understanding problems, finding best solution within technology limits.
  • This is training for – thinking.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures prepared in English and projected literature in English and Slovene language; lab work in Linux environment, project oriented lab work and supported with ams process technology (350nm CMOS). This lecture attempts to present the critical underlying concepts of VLSI without overcomplicated circuit analyses.

Study materials

  1. P.R. Gray, "Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits," John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2001,
  2. C. Tomazou, G. Moschytz, B. Golbert, "Trade-offs in Analog Circuit Design," Kluwer 2002.
  3. R.J.Baker, "CMOS: Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation, 2nd, Revised Edition," Wiley 2007,
  4. A. Pleteršek, "Načrtovanje analognih integriranih vezij v tehnologijah CMOS in BiCMOS, " 1. izd. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, 2006,
  5. Rešene naloge bodo na razpolago na spletni strani predmeta, 6) Priprave na laboratorijske vaje bodo na razpolago na spletni strani predmeta.

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Electronics