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Courses at OSU

There are currently 4 courses offered by PMRL at OSU.

ECE 3020: Introduction to Electronics

This course focuses on the fundamentals of electronics, including diode and transistor models for amplifiers, switches, and logic gates; Multiple transistor circuit analysis, small-signal analysis, op amps, and applications to electronic systems. This course is a 3-hour undergraduate level course, and is offered every semester. Standard Syllabus.

ECE 4021: Analog Integrated Circuits I

This course focuses on the fundamentals of analog integrated circuits. This includes the physical structure of analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits and their layout; CMOS transistors large-signal and small-signal operation and modeling; current mirrors and mismatch analysis; and single-ended and differential CMOS amplifiers. The course includes a final project assignment where students are required to design and simulate (transistor-level) several analog building blocks in a standard CMOS technology using Cadence CAD tools.This course is a 3-hour undergraduate level course, and is offered every Fall semester. Standard Syllabus.

ECE 5021: Analog Integrated Circuits II

This course focuses on advanced analog integrated circuits. This includes linear feedback networks design and stability analysis and transient response, multi-stage CMOS op-amp design and compensation, fully-differential op-amps and common-mode feedback networks, comparators, transconductors, voltage and current reference circuits, noise analysis of CMOS circuits, and on-chip passive components operation and modeling. The course includes a final project assignment where students are required to design and simulate (transistor-level) several analog building blocks in a standard CMOS technology using Cadence CAD tools. This course is a 3-hour graduate and senior undergraduate level course, and is offered every Spring semester. Standard Syllabus.

ECE 5227: Fundamentals of Power Management Integrated Circuits for VLSI Systems

Developing power management solutions for low power mixed-signal VLSI applications require engineers with solid background in conventional power converter design, as well as mixed-signal design. On the one hand, power converters and regulators are covered in power electronics courses, but they focus mostly on high-power high-voltage applications with discrete components implementations. On the other hand, VLSI circuits courses rarely ever cover anything related to the implementation of power converters and regulators. As a result, there is a serious shortage in researchers and engineers who have the necessary background combination to develop efficient and cost-effective integrated power management solutions in VLSI systems. As this unique background combination is essential for a successful power management circuit and system design in modern Integrated Circuits, there is a desperate need in for formally-trained engineers in the area. To address this need at OSU, ECE 5227 has been introduced, where it focuses on the theory, design and applications of power management integrated circuits in VLSI systems. This includes: system and circuit architectures, performance metrics, practical implementations, design considerations in advanced CMOS processes, and design techniques for integrated linear/switching power regulators and battery chargers. The course includes a lab component where students are required to characterize various performance metrics of linear and switching power converters. There is also a final project assignment where students are required to design and simulate (transistor-level) a full buck converter and a linear regulator in a standard CMOS technology using Cadence CAD tools. This course is a 4-hour graduate and senior undergraduate level course, and is offered in the Spring semester of odd years. Standard Syllabus, Course Outline.

ECE 5023: Fundamentals of Integrated Data Converters

This course focuses on the fundamentals of Nyquist-rate and oversampled (Delta-Sigma) integrated data converters, including system and circuit architectures, performance metrics and characterization, practical implementations, and design considerations in advanced semiconductor processes. Nyquist-rate ADC architectures covered include flash, two-step, pipelined, SAR, and integrating architectures. Nyquist-rate DAC architectures covered include resistor-string, binary-scaled, thermometer-code, and current-steering architectures. Delta-Sigma A/D architectures covered include 2nd-order switched-C and continuous-time architectures. The course includes a design project assignment where students are required to design and simulate (transistor-level) a full ADC and a DAC in a standard CMOS technology using Cadence CAD tools. This course is a 3-hour graduate and senior undergraduate level course, and is offered in the Spring semester of even years.