1. Number and title of course: EE 140, Linear Integrated Circuits
2. Course objectives: To give the student a firm grounding in the analysis and design of
MOS and bipolar analog integrated circuits. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects
of IC design, and on intuitive understanding of circuit behavior as opposed to heavily
analytical approaches. A heavy emphasis is placed on design content, and the students
use SPICE as a simulation tool.
3. Topics covered:
 Single-stage amplifier configurations with emphasis on MOS, other technologies
(e.g. BJT) for comparison
 Multi-stage amplifiers, cascode, Darlington connections
 Differential pairs, differential and common mode responses, common-mode
 Transistor current sources, current mirrors, cascading
 Supply and temperature independent biasing and references
 Frequency response
 Parasitic capacitances in transistors
 Bode plot
 Gain-bandwidth product
 Approximation techniques and the zero-valued time constant approach
 Feedback concepts
 Series and shunt configurations
 Feedback network loading
 Gain desensitization and input/output impedance modification
 Analysis of general purpose single and multi-stage transconductance and
operational amplifiers
 Stability, phase and gain margin
 Compensation of amplifiers with feedback, pole splitting
 Slew rate in operation amplifiers
 Role and use of CAD tools such as SPICE in design process
4. Relationship of course to program objectives: This course requires students to utilize
their fundamental knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to analyze and
solve engineering problems. The students identify, formulate and solve challenging
engineering problems using modern tools, techniques and skills.
5. Prepared by: Bernhard Boser (4/19/2000); updated by Kris Pister (4/18/06)