IN9180 – Analog Microelectronics Design

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

The course provides the know-how and skills needed to design analog CMOS integrated circuits using modern EDA tools. An introduction is given to CMOS technology and methods in order to implement key circuit components such as transistors ans passive components. In addition, matching, optimization and noise are key aspects. A central part of the course will be a design project where students will get a hands-on experience designing a typical CMOS circuit from specification to layout.

Learning outcome

The main learning outcome is the ability to design an advanced integrated circuit / system based on a design specification. In particular you will be able to:

  • Understand key circuits used as building blocks (Amplifiers, Comparators, Voltage References, Sample-and-Hold, Switched-Capacitor Circuits, Oscillators).
  • Build transistor-level schematics based on a design specification.
  • Implement circuits as full custom layouts in CMOS.
  • Understand how production variation will impact design methodology and know how to make circuits robust to such variations.
  • Calculate how noise and non-linearities impact performance and understand fundamental sources of such non-ideal behavior.
  • Use hierarchical design methods and understand how to design circuit interfaces (Voltage Supplies, I/O)

In addition, each PhD candidate will be given an extended curriculum within the field/research area of the course. The syllabus must be approved by the lecturer so that the student can be admitted to the final exam.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

IN5180 and IN9180 will be assessed together in regards to the number of admissions, with priority given to PhD candidates with IN9180 in an approved study plan.

IN3170 – Microelectronics, FYS3220 – Linear Circuit Electronics, IN3190 – Digital Signal Processing

Overlapping courses


4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of lab work (Circuit design lab). Some of the teaching will be given as supervision in labs / exercise classes. Mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.

Access to foundry Process Design Kits (PDKs) require students to sign an NDA.


The course grade is based on the following assessments:

  • project assignment with presentation (40%)

  • final exam (60%), oral/written.

Both parts of the exam must be passed and must be passed in the same semester.

This course has mandatory assignments that must be approved prior to the exam.


The final exam will be an oral or 4 hours written exam depending on the number of course attendees. The project assignment must be presented for the class and teaching staff.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:IN5180

Examination support material

All printed and written resources are allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 26, 2022 6:17:55 PM

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