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C.J.M. Verhoeven

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Structured Electronic Design

This course focuses on a systematic approach to the design of analog electronic circuits. The methodology presented in the course is based on the concepts of hierarchy, orthogonality and efficient modeling. It is applied to the design of negative-feedback amplifiers. It is shown that aspects such as ideal transfer; noise performance, distortion and bandwidth can be optimized independently. A systematic approach to biasing completes the discussion. Lectures are interactive and combined with weekly sessions where students can work on exercises under supervision of the professors. Study Goals: To show students the scientific way to design circuits. To show the contrast between the standard heuristic methods (familiar but incomprehensible for most of the students) that are mainly based on encyclopedial experience and a well structured way that is based on insight. To show the students the basic principles of a systematic, hierarchical design methodology for analog circuits, using negative feedback amplifiers as an example. To teach students to design high performance circuits based on insight instead of experience that only builds up after many years of practical work.



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