Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


UC Berkeley



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EE W240A

Linear Integrated Circuits

This course will examine the technology and circuit techniques associated with integrated monolithic amplifier circuits and the challenges that lie ahead in their development. The goal is to achieve a basic understanding and knowledge of the driving and limiting factors in circuit performance, of circuit design techniques, and of fabrication techniques and technology issues important to integrated amplifier circuits in general, and to op-amps in particular.

Course objectives: To give the student a firm grounding in the analysis and design of MOS and bipolar analog integrated circuits. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of IC design, and on intuitive understanding of circuit behavior as opposed to heavily analytical approaches. A heavy emphasis is placed on design content, and the students use SPICE as a simulation tool.


Elad Alon, Associate Professor

He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2001, 2002, and 2006, respectively. In Jan. 2007, he joined the University of California at Berkeley, where he is now an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciencesa as well as a co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). He has held consulting or visiting positions at Xilinx, Sun Labs, Intel, AMD, Rambus, Hewlett Packard, and IBM Research, where he worked on digital, analog, and mixed-signal integrated circuits for computing, test and measurement, and high-speed communications. Dr. Alon received the IBM Faculty Award in 2008, the 2009 Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award, the 2010 UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2010 ISSCC Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper, and the 2011 Symposium on VLSI Circuits Best Student Paper Award. His research focuses on energy-efficient integrated systems, including the circuit, device, communications, and optimization techniques used to design them.

Homepage: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Faculty/Homepages/elad.html
Email:  elad@eecs

Clark Nguyen

Clark Nguyen, Professor

Clark T.-C. Nguyen received the B. S., M. S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, 1991, and 1994, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. In 1995, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science up until mid-2006. In 2006, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is now a Professor and a co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. His research interests focus on micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) and include integrated micromechanical signal processors and sensors, merged circuit/micromechanical technologies, RF communication architectures, and integrated circuit design and technology. From 1995 to 1997, he was a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)ís New Millennium Integrated Product Development Team on Communications, which roadmapped future communications technologies for NASA use into the turn of the century. In 2001, Prof. Nguyen founded Discera, Inc., a company aimed at commercializing communication products, based upon MEMS technology, with an initial focus on the very vibrating micromechanical resonators pioneered by his research. He served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Discera until mid-2002, at which point he joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on an IPA, where he served for 3.5 years as the Program Manager of the MEMS, Micro Power Generation (MPG), Chip-Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC), MEMS Exchange (MX), Harsh Environment Robust Micromechanical Technology (HERMIT), Micro Gas Analyzers (MGA), Radio Isotope Micropower Sources (RIMS), RF MEMS Improvement (RFMIP), Navigation-Grade Integrated Micro Gyroscopes (NGIMG), and Micro Cryogenic Coolers (MCC) programs, in the Microsystems Technology Office of DARPA.

Homepage: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Faculty/Homepages/ctnguyen.html
Email:  ctnguyen@eecs


Seth Sanders, Professor

He received the S.B. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics and the S.M. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1981, 1985, and 1989, respectively. He was a Design Engineer at the Honeywell Test Instruments Division, Denver, CO. Since 1989, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley, where he is presently Professor. Dr. Sanders received the NSF Young Investigator Award in 1993 and Best Paper Awards from the IEEE Power Electronics Society and the IEEE Industry Applications Society. He has served as Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Computers in Power Electronics, and as a Member-At-Large of the IEEE PELS Adcom.

Homepage: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Faculty/Homepages/sanders.html
Email:  sanders@eecs


Topics covered:

  • Single-stage amplifier configurations with emphasis on MOS, other technologies (e.g. BJT) for comparison
  • Multi-stage amplifiers, cascode, Darlington connections
  • Differential pairs, differential and common mode responses, common-mode rejection
  • Transistor current sources, current mirrors, cascading
  • Supply and temperature independent biasing and references
  • Frequency response
  • Parasitic capacitances in transistors
  • Bode plot
  • Gain-bandwidth product
  • Approximation techniques and the zero-valued time constant approach
  • Feedback concepts
  • Series and shunt configurations
  • Feedback network loading
  • Gain desensitization and input/output impedance modification
  • Analysis of general purpose single and multi-stage transconductance and operational amplifiers
  • Stability, phase and gain margin
  • Compensation of amplifiers with feedback, pole splitting
  • Slew rate in operation amplifiers
  • Role and use of CAD tools such as SPICE in design process

Coming soon!


Fall 2013 - Nguyen