ECE 443

Course Syllabus
ECE 443 – Pulse & Wave Shaping Circuit Design
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
ECE 443 – Pulse & Wave Shaping Circuit
Benjamin F. Mallard
1. Course Number and Name:
2. Credit Units/Contact Hours:
3. Course Coordinator:
4. Text, References & Software
Recommended Text:
Adel S. Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith, Microelectronic Circuits, 6th Edition, Oxford
University Press, New York and Oxford, 2010 (ISBN 978-0-19-532303-0).
Additional References:
R. J. Baker, CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation, Wiley 2nd Edition, 2005
PSPICE, by Cadence Corporation (see Internet Resources below);
Internet Resources:
(for downloading PSPICE)
5. Specific Course Information
a. Course Description
Waveshaping circuits with application to data acquisition and instrumentation. Design of
multivibrator circuits. Design of analog to digital and digital to analog interfaces.
b. Prerequisite by Topic
It is recommended that students taking this course also take ECE 443L concurrently to
obtain practical experience in mixed signal CMOS analysis, design, simulation and
layout. Specifically students should be familiar with linear system theory, combinational
and sequential logic analysis and design, electric circuit analysis and design, and basic
electronics including the use of operational amplifiers. The student should be familiar
with basic CMOS circuits. Additionally, the student should be familiar with the
Windows operating system and PSpice.
c. Elective Course
6. Specific Goals for the Course
a. Specific Outcomes of Instructions – After completing this course the students should be able to:
1. Analyze and design analog multiplexers and demultiplexers.
2. Analyze and design analog comparator circuits.
Analyze and design analog-to-digital (ADC) converter circuits.
Analyze and design digital-to- analog (DAC) converter circuits.
Analyze and design voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs).
Analyze and design waveform generators
b. Relationship to Student Outcomes
This supports the achievement of the following student outcomes:
a. An ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering to the analysis of
electrical and computer engineering problems.
b. An ability to design and conduct scientific and engineering experiments, as well as to
analyze and interpret data.
c. An ability to design systems which include hardware and/or software components
within realistic constraints such as cost, manufacturability, safety and environmental
d. An ability to function in multidisciplinary teams.
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve electrical engineering and computer
f. An understanding of ethical and professional responsibility.
g. An ability to communicate effectively through written reports and oral presentations.
7. Topics Covered/Course Outline
1. Comparator Design
2. Analog Multiplexers and Demultiplexers
3. Voltage Reference Circuits
4. MOSFET switch
5. Data Converter Basics
6. Sample and Hold Circuit Analysis and Design
7. Data Converter Architectures
8. DAC Analysis and Design
9. ADC Analysis and Design
10. Oversampling approaches
11. Sigma-delta Converter Analysis and Design
12. Phase Looked Loop Analysis and Design
Prepared by:
Benjamin F. Mallard, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, November 2011
Ali Amini, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, March 2013