Advanced Analog Integrated Circuit Design


Stanford School of Engineering



The advanced treatment of analog integrated circuit design using noise and distortion constrained wideband amplification presents complex subjects of electronic noise, distortion and feedback in a holistic framework that is unavailable in commonly used textbooks. Designed to bridge the separation of introductory material on integrated circuit analysis and performance-driven design, this content will prove invaluable to those in the field.

This course is a must for students who wish to acquire a deep understanding of the fundamental effects that limit the performance of high-speed transistor circuits commonly found in electronic products. Knowledge acquired will prepare students for graduate study at an advanced/300 level and prepare them for a successful career as a transistor-level integrated circuit designer.


Understanding of the fundamentals of analog integrated circuit design (Stanford Course EE214A or equivalent)

Basic device physics and models, MOSFETs, BJTs. Basic linear systems (poles, zeros).

Some exposure to a circuit simulator (e.g. HSpice). Knowledge of simple Unix commands.

Topics include

  • Device operation and compact modeling for circuit simulations
  • Quantitative evaluations of performance using hand calculations and circuit simulations
  • Intuitive approaches to design
  • Analytical and approximate treatments of noise, distortion and feedback circuit analysis
  • Treatment of advanced MOS and bipolar technologies
  • Archtypical analog blocks such as broadband gain stages and transimpedance amplifiers

Note on Course Availability

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