Analog IC design

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What you will know at the end of this course

  • Specify and design an analog integrated circuit comprising an application-specific amplifiers and DC references.
  • Design amplifiers, level shifts and voltage and current references in BiCMOS and in CMOS technology.


This course learns to specify and design an analog integrated circuit comprising an application-specific amplifier and/or DC reference; 11 days, lectures, practical training, home-work, assignment.


Designers with at least BSc in physics or electrical engineering who also completed the course analog design 1.

Course material

Included in the course price is the course book and the most recent version of SLiCAP. Course participants also require a laptop and a license for MATLAB and the Symbolic Toolbox. This license is not included in the course price.

Course programme

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

  • Available power gain and biasing of active components
  • Biasing techniques:
    • Basic principle
    • AC and DC coupling
    • Negative-feedback biasing
    • Model-based biasing
    • Auto-zero biasing
    • Chopper stabilized biasing

Day 3: CE and CS amplifier stages

  • 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

  • Balanced and unbalanced local-feedback stages
  • Balanced and unbalanced model-based feedback amplifier stages:
    • Current mirrors
    • Voltage mirrors
    • Variable-gain stages

Day 6: Design of multiple-stage amplifiers

  • Design of cascaded feedback amplifiers
  • Design of over-all feedback amplifiers
  • Design considerations regarding number of stages
  • Design considerations regarding type of stages
  • Design considerations regarding biasing

Day 7: DC References

  • Design method for voltage- and current references
  • Design of current references
  • Design of voltage references

Day 8-10: Design of an application-specific amplifier in BiCMOS technology

Attention needs to be paid to the following aspects:

  • Application and amplifier type and configuration
  • Noise behavior
  • Load drive capability, linearity and overdrive recovery
  • Dynamic behavior and frequency stability
  • Temperature stability
  • Minimization of the influence of interference signals

Day 11: Presentation of the results