IN9220 – Advanced mixed-signal CMOS integrated circuit design
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
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.
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.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with IN5220 – Advanced mixed-signal CMOS integrated circuit design.
- 5 credits overlap with INF4420 – Microelectronics Design Project (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with INF9425 – Projects in Aanalogue/Mixed-Signal CMOS Design (discontinued).
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.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.