CMOS Analog Integrated Circuits (5 ECTS)

Language of instruction: English

Level of course: Graduate course

Semester/quarter: Q1

Hours per week: 4

Capacity limits: None

Teaching location: Aarhus

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

Course code: TICAIC

Objective of the course

The participants will after the course have a basic knowledge on the transistor-level integrated circuits with emphasis on CMOS technology. The participants should understand the motivation and background of using integrated electronics, and their ubiquitous application and impact on the modern society. The goal is to achieve a basic understanding and knowledge of the driving and limiting factors in circuit performance, of circuit design techniques, and of technology issues important to integrated amplifier circuits. The participants are expected to be able to design basic analog integrated circuits in a standard flow with consideration of performance and powers. The course also serves as a preparation for advanced topics in analog, mixed-signal, VLSI, RF and biomedical related circuits.

Learning outcomes and competences

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

         understand the operation of CMOS devices

         familiar with the small- and large-signal models of CMOS transistors

         analyze the basic current mirrors

         understanding the voltage references

         analyze and design basic operational amplifiers

         understand the concept of gain, power, and bandwidth

         design basic circuits using EDA tools

Course contents

This course gives a detailed introduction to transistor-level integrated circuit design with focus on CMOS devices and technology. Topics covered include CMOS device operation and models, current mirrors, voltage and current references, single-ended and differential amplifiers, feedback and compensations. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of analog IC design including circuit performance evaluated by hand calculations and computer simulations. Lab exercises and course projects could be involved depending on the progress and feedback from the participants.


Introduction to IC Design

Analog and Digital Electronics

Name of lecturer

Qiang Li, e-mail:

Type of course / teaching methods

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


        Behzad Razavi, Fundamentals of Microelectronics, Wiley, 2008.

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

Course homepage

Examination periods

October - November, 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)