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CMOS Analog Circuit Design

By Prof. Phillip E Allen
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What Will I Learn?
Understand a broad perspective of analog IC design
Refresh their understanding of analog IC design if they have been away from the field for a period of time
Understand the requirements for an analog IC designer
See how technology, modeling, and circuit design come together in analog IC design
Have a top-level understanding of sources, amplifiers, op amps, comparators, and DA and AD converters
Look into the future of analog IC design
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  • Students should have an interest in the topic of analog IC design or at least the motivation to find out what it is all about
  • There are no prerequisites but any previous knowledge of the topic will help the student get more from the class

This course serves as a brief overview of the topic of analog IC design. It is a high level view of what analog IC design is all about and discusses the requirements for a designer in this field. In reality, this course is a snapshot of a more detailed, 40 hour course on CMOS analog design found elsewhere.

The target audience for this course should have some familiarity with analog circuits and integrated circuit technology. The terminology used is that found in both academia and industry.

This course is stand alone and has no quizzes or other material - it is designed to be a quick refresher or a introduction to the topic of analog IC design. The course will take approximately 3 hours to complete and consists of 12 lectures of 15-20 minutes in length.

Students new to analog IC design can take this course to gain an overview of the topic. Those who are familiar with IC design or have been away from the field for a while, can use the course to come up to date with the field of analog IC design.

The more detailed 40 hour course on CMOS Analog Design is found on other venues and has quizzes associated with the course. Check with the instructor, Dr. Allen, if you are interested in the in-depth course.

Who is the target audience?
  • This Overview of Analog IC Design should be taken by anyone who would like to gain a quick refresher or a general introduction into the topic of Analog IC Design
  • This course will prepare the student to go into a more detailed study found elsewhere ( on the topic.
  • This course can be taken to determine the students interest in the topic of analog IC design
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Overview of Analog IC design
12 Lectures 03:00:06



Analog IC design process

Key principles, concepts and techniques

Characteristics of an Analog Designer

Independent sources




DAC and ADC converter

Future of analog IC design
About the Instructor
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Retired professor emeritus at Georgia Tech Institute of Tech

Phillip Allen received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas in 1970. He retired from the School of Electrical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology as Professor Emeritus in 2005.

He has worked for the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Pacific Missile Range, Texas Instruments and consulted with numerous companies. He has taught at the University of Nevada at Reno, University of Kansas, University of California at Santa Barbara, and Texas A&M University.

His technical interest include analog integrated circuit and systems design with focus on implementing low voltage and high frequency circuits and systems in standard CMOS technology. He has conducted research in frequency synthesizers, RF, IF, and baseband filters compatible with standard IC technology.

He has over 60 refereed publications in the area of analog circuits and has coauthored Theory and Design of Active Filters (1980), Switched Capacitor Filters (1984), CMOS Analog Circuit Design (1987), and VLSI Design Techniques for Analog and Digital Circuits (1990).

He is presently active in teaching short courses on analog IC design to professionals worldwide. Also, over the past few years, he has developed proprietary courses for specific semiconductor companies to help their analog designers more effectively and efficiently utilize their particular technologies.

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