ECGR 6437             Mixed Signal IC Design               Fall 2004

Prof. Weldon: 340 Smith, 
Course Web site: (follow links to course)
Office hours:

Textbook: CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation,
          Baker, Li, and Boyce, IEEE Press.
Sedra and Smith, Microelectronic Circuits, 3rd ed., Oxford, 1991.
Hodges and Jackson, Analysis and Design of Integrated Circuits, 2nd ed.,
McGraw Hill, 1988.
Gray and Meyer, Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, 3rd
ed., Wiley, 1993.
Thomas H. Lee,  Design of CMOS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits,
	Cambridge Univ. Press,  1998.

Grading will be based on homework/quizzes/projects (40%), final 
project (40%), and class participation (20%).   Grading scale: 
90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, with ``curve,'' if any, entirely at the 
discretion of the instructor.  All exams and quizzes may be open book, 
NO calculators.  Quizzes may be given without warning.  

Collaboration (not copying) on homework or projects is encouraged. 
However, different project groups may NOT share program code or report 
material.  All computer projects MUST be done in Mentor Graphics.  
Class attendance and  participation are expected.    
***  NOTE: You MUST do all projects using Mentor Graphics.   ***

The course is strongly project-oriented.  Emphasis is placed on the design
and simulation of mixed-signal circuits using the Mentor Graphics suite
of design tools.   All students are expected to become proficient in
the use of these tools to effectively participate in the projects.
Students will be expected to understand the design, layout, and
simulation of analog, digital, and mixed-signal circuits.  A final 
chip submission for fabrication is REQUIRED, and failure to do so
is HEAVILY penalized.  Students must agree to test fabricated devices
when they are received in the following semester.  The course will roughly 
follow the outline below; key topics are noted.

Week    Topic

1-3/2    MOS and BJT devices, models, simulation, and layout
	(Ch. 1-5, 7, 9, 16)

4-5/	Analog circuits and digital sub-circuits
	(Ch. 20-25)
	Amplifiers, current mirrors, frequency response,
	devices, models, simulation, and layout

6-14/	Mixed signal circuits 
	(Ch. 9, 12, 13, 18, 19, 26-29)
	A/D, D/A, PLL, DSP, VCO, 
	Oscillators, ring oscillators, voltage-controlled oscillators. 
	Analog-to-digital converters, digital-to-analog converters 
	Analysis and design of mixed-signal circuits. 
	Phase Locked Loops, devices, models, simulation, 
	and layout

15/	Project demonstrations and tape-out

There is no formal course prerequisite for this course, but all
students enrolling should be thoroughly familiar with the theory of 
bipolar junction and MOS transistors and their use in analog
and digital circuits.  Students should have taken the equivalent of
microelectronics (i.e., Sedra and Smith).  Students are also expected
to be familiar with differential amplifiers, current mirrors, 
and use of transistors in digital circuits (inverters, nand gates, etc.).

If you miss an exam/quiz for any reason, you may receive a grade of zero 
(exceptional circumstances must be documented and approved by the instructor 
at least 24 hours prior to the exam).  Exams might be open book, but NO 
calculators. Late homeworks/projects may not be accepted.  Frequent 
absence from class  will result in a poor class participation grade. Late 
projects may not be accepted or may be heavily penalized at the instructor's 
discretion.  Poor or late projects/proposals may adversely affect grade.

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with the academic
regulations, degree requirements, and course requirements as outlined in
the current University Catalog.  The official university 
guidelines supersede any contradictions that may exist in this handout.

published in the UNCC Catalog.

Prerequisite or corequisite: 


Students have the responsibility to know and observe the requirements of The UNCC
Code of Student Academic Integrity (in UNCC Catalog).  This code forbids
cheating, fabrication or falsification of information, multiple submission of 
academic work, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials, and complicity in academic 
dishonesty.  Any special requirements or permission regarding academic integrity 
in this course will be stated by the instructor, and are binding on the students.  
Academic evaluations in this course include a judgment that the student's work 
is free from academic dishonesty of any type; and grades in this course therefore 
should be and will be adversely affected by academic dishonesty.  Students who 
violate the code can be expelled from UNCC.  The normal penalty for a first 
offense is zero credit on the work involving dishonesty and further substantial 
reduction of the course work.  In almost all cases the course grade is reduced 
to F.  Copies of the code can be obtained from the Dean of Students Office.  
Standards of academic integrity will be enforced in this course.  Students 
are expected to report cases of academic dishonesty to the course instructor.