Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits (5 ECTS)

Language of instruction: English

Level of course: Graduate course

Semester/quarter: Q2

Hours per week: 4

Capacity limits: None

Teaching location: Aarhus

Main area: Faculty of Science and Technology / Engineering / Electronics

Course code: TIAAIC

Objective of the course

The participants will after the course have an enhanced understanding on the analysis and design of analog and RF integrated circuits with emphasis on CMOS technology. The participants should learn the advanced techniques to address design issues and challenges including offset, noise, gain, voltage, power, bandwidth etc. and have fundamental knowledge in data converters and RF building blocks. The participants are expected to be able to design analog integrated circuits in a more comprehensive manner with consideration of tradeoffs.

Learning outcomes and competences

The participants must at the end of the course be able to:

         analyze and design advanced operational amplifiers

         understand the noise, offset, and distortion issues in analog and RF design

         explain and analyze switch-capacitor circuits

         understand the fundamentals of data converters (ADCs & DACs)

         understand the design considerations of several RF front-end architectures

         design with standard flow using EDA tools

Course contents

This course gives a more in depth treatment of the analysis and design of integrated analog and RF circuits, systems and building blocks. Design considerations including noise, power, voltage, speed, linearity and their tradeoffs will be introduced. Advanced amplifiers including analog and RF amplifiers, switched-capacitor circuits, analog and RF switches, analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog converters, and transceiver architectures will be discussed. Relevant application examples will be studied, and the design flow will be introduced. Lab exercises and course projects could be involved depending on the progress and feedback from the participants.


Introduction to IC Design

Analog Integrated Circuit Design

Name of lecturer

Qiang Li, e-mail:

Type of course / teaching methods

Lectures, projects, homework and/or exercises (4h/week)


        Behzad Razavi, Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 2000.

        Thomas H. Lee, The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

        Selected JSSC Papers.

Course homepage

Examination periods

December - January, re-examination after appointment with lecturer


Department of Engineering (ENG) / Aarhus School of Engineering (ASE)

Course enrolment


        Written exam (2 hrs). Grading: 7-scale. External examiner.

         Design project with written report/paper (project deliverable counts for 25%).

         Course project and home work may take up to 50% of the final score, depending on the nature of the course.

(updated 17/04/2013)