Train electronic circuit design, modeling, simulation, layout skills with awareness about the parasitic effects of design on signals in a practical application scenario.
This project trains modeling, design, simulation, layout, circuit implementation and interfacing skills that are important for practical electronic circuit design. The training is done individually. The most important skills to be trained are:
After the training, a design project follows involving:
- Making a motivated choice of a circuit topology, starting from desired functional behavior.
- Choosing component parameters and biasing to meet a set of performance requirements (e.g. transfer function, distortion, noise). This involves analysis skills and goal oriented problem solving. Gaining insight in the available degrees of freedom in the design, and in the design trade-offs is crucial, using hand calculations, verified by computer simulations.
- Analyzing and coping with practical circuit realization problems related to wiring parasitics, imperfect power supplies and grounding and interfering signals. Layout verified by design rule compliance (DRC) checking and layout versus schematic (LVS) checking and parasitic circuit extraction and re-simulation.
- Dealing with testability: define sufficient inputs and outputs for testability, model the interface to the outside world including parasitics related to Electrostatic Static Discharge protections, latchup precautions, bondpads, bondwires, packaging, and auxiliary circuits for test and measurements.
- Small-Signal Analysis of design blocks,
- creating testbenches for evaluating performance and specification compliance of the design block,
- Layout design with parasitic awareness,
- Layout versus schematic verification with root-cause analysis for encountered performance bottlenecks,
- Analysis of degradation in performance if any due to imperfect supply and connections to external world.
Final design report. The report will be reviewed and you will receive feedback. After a final oral discussion the overall project results will be graded.