Analog Circuit Design Courses by Kent Lundberg
Feedback Circuit Techniques
All electronic systems employ feedback. All analog circuits, including op amps, oscillators, filters, and power supplies (just to name a few), critically depend on feedback. Some of these feedback loops are explicit, some are implicit, some are intentional, and some are unintentional. In all cases, the analysis and design of circuits using feedback requires the knowledge of analytical techniques, creative design, and an appreciation for possible trade-offs. Understanding feedback theory, and its use in practical applications, is the key to successful system design.
Analog Filter Design
Focuses on the design on classical analog filters and analog oscillators. The course covers Butterworth, Chebyshev, Cauer, and Bessel filter types, frequency transformations, and detailed circuit implementations. Circuits discussed include passive networks, op-amp filters, state-variable types, impedance converters, switched capacitors, and operational transconductance amplifiers. The second section of the course covers analog oscillator analysis and design, including feedback and nonlinear-circuit analysis, amplitude stabilization, voltage control, and a variety of applications.
Feedback Control Systems
Systems that employ feedback control are all around you: stereo amplifiers, hard-disk drives, automobiles, radar antennas, and high-performance airplanes, to name a few. The creation of successful control systems almost always requires more than the application of a set of analytical techniques. Good feedback-system design requires the connection and application of theory to problems of practical interest, as well as a rich understanding of how to make trade-offs amongst all the parts of a system.
Analog CMOS Circuits
Covers the analysis and design of analog circuits in CMOS technology. The first half of the course includes coverage of fundamental material, such as MOS transistor device modeling, simple sub-circuits, and device noise theory. The design of operational amplifiers in CMOS is covered in detail, and the course concludes with a discussion of analog filter design. The second half of the course covers the design of switched-capacitor circuits, comparators, digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters, oscillators, and phase-lock loops.
Analog Bipolar Circuits
Covers the analysis and design of analog circuits using bipolar junction transistors. The course includes coverage of fundamental and historical material, including op amps, buffers, bandgap references, translinear circuits, bipolar digital circuits, and the charge control model. Insight and intuition, as well as analysis tools and familiarity with common building blocks, are emphasized to design useful circuits using active devices. The tools and methods studied can be applied to circuits using JFETs, MOSFETs, MESFETs, future exotic devices, or even vacuum tubes.
Focuses on analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters in bipolar and CMOS technologies. Course content includes discussions of applications, appropriate system specifications, circuit elements, topology tradeoffs, and history.
Instrumentation: Sensors and Signals
Science requires data, and gathering good data requires interfacing useful circuitry to useful sensors. This course is an introduction to the science and practice of instrumentation. Measurement of the real world is the basis of science, engineering, manufacturing, and design. Topics covered include surveys of sensors and transducers, the design of interface circuitry, and techniques for data acquisition.
Circuits for Electronic Music
This course covers the analysis and design of electronic circuits for music synthesis. Topics include audio generation, subtractive synthesis, frequency modulation, and some digital techniques. Analog circuits such as voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, and amplifiers, as well as timbre modulators, effects boxes, interfaces to microcontrollers, and other op-amp applications are explored. Optional course content on synthesizer history, music appreciation, and performance.
In this course, students learn to design, build, and debug electronic prototype systems. Topics include multiple aspects of the prototyping process, including circuit and system design, soldering, deadbugging, troubleshooting, component selection, schematic capture, printed-circuit board (PCB) layout, PCB fabrication, PCB assembly, and thermal analysis. We will discuss the tradeoffs among "faster, better, cheaper", and explore examples in the realms of analog, digital, RF, and power. Discussions of reverse engineering, fabrication, and technical communication are included.
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Kent H. Lundberg is an educator, consultant, and historian. He is president of Keeling Flight Hardware, Ltd., which provides design, research, and educational consulting services in the fields of aerospace, electronics, and control systems for companies, universities, and government organizations.
Kent Lundberg. Last updated at 10:11 on Thursday, 10 Jan 2013.