IN9220 – Advanced mixed-signal CMOS integrated circuit design

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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

The course provides the know-how and skills needed to design advanced mixed-signal CMOS integrated circuits using modern EDA tools. Key focus will be on circuits and systems design involving both digital- and analog/RF components. The starting point will be to introduce sampled systems and how the sampling process affects signals.  Switched-capacitor design technique and circuit examples will be covered in detail. In addition, data converter methods/circuits and phase-locked loops are key aspects. Continuous-time delta-sigma converters will also be covered. A central part of the course will be a design project where students will implement a mixed-mode system in CMOS using modern design tools.

Learning outcome

The main learning outcome is the ability to understand and design advanced mixed-signal integrated circuit. In particular you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of sampling and how the sampling process affects the involved signals
  • Implement filters and other circuit functions using switched-capacitor design methodology
  • Understand and design data converters, both analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters including oversampling and noise-shaping systems
  • Analyse and understand continuous-time delta-sigma converters
  • Understand and design phase-locked-loops (PLL) and its key building blocks
  • Design and implement mixed-signal circuits in CMOS from schematic to layout using state-of-the-art design tools and methods

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.

IN5220 and IN9220 will be assessed together in regards to the number of admissions, with priority given to PhD candidates with IN9220 in an approved study plan.

IN4170 – Microelectronics, IN5180 – Analog Microelectronics Design, IN4190 – 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 (40%) with presentation. It's the project assignment itself that will be graded. The presentation will not affect the grading, but it is mandatory.

  • 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: IN5220 – Advanced mixed-signal CMOS integrated circuit design

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 28, 2021 7:28:11 AM

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