Each student (or group of students) will choose a topic to present in the seminar. A number of possible topics are is listed here. Note: topics will not necessarily be covered in the order listed and topics are subject to chance. Students can also propose specific topics of their interest.
Please refer to Syllabus for details on the seminar format and student presentations.
- Noise analysis in switched-capacitor circuits
- Non-stationary noise analysis of RF mixers
- Non-stationary noise analysis of comparator based analog circuits
- Advanced analysis of distortion in analog or RF integrated circuits
- Fundamental trade-offs between quality factor of active filters and their noise performance
- Principles and design of switched-R filters as linear periodically time-varying circuits
- Advanced amplifier compensation techniques and issues: nested Miller, feedforward, pole-zero doublets, ...
- Class-D amplifiers: design and applications
- Advanced integrated amplifier techniques and topologies: gain-boosting, neutralization, gm-assisted OTA and OTA-RC, slew-rate enhancement, ...
- Chopping, autozeroing and correlated double sampling
- Properties of PN sequences and their applications in analog and RF IC design
- Device matching: dynamic element matching, selection vs averaging, and their application in IC design
- Principles and design of vco based quantizers
- Design and calibration of time interleaved ADC and their power-speed-dynamic range trade-offs
- Advanced analysis of feedback systems: loop gain analysis via double null injection (Middlebrook), Nyquist stability criterion, return-ratio analysis ...
- Advanced simulation techniques: harmonic balance, steady state analysis, ...
- Voltage-mode, current-mode, free-mode, translinear circuit topologies