Design and Architecture of analog electronic systems

lelec2532  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Design and Architecture of analog electronic systems
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Bol David; Flandre Denis;
Students are expected to master the following skills: continuous-time signal representation both in time and frequency domains, mathematical system representations (transfer function, impulse response, stability, filtering), principles and properties of Fourier and Laplace transforms, analysis of electrical circuits based on passive components (R, L, C), in DC, transient and AC regimes, understanding of general behavior of operational amplifiers, diodes and transistors with the associated basic electronic circuits, as they are covered within the courses LFSAB1106, LELEC1370 and LELEC1530.
Main themes
The world we live in is getting more and digital with electronic embedded systems surrounding us and communicating with the cloud. However, the physical world is analog in essence. The digital embedded systems thus need analog functions to interact with the physical world, its users, the cloud, the energy sources, as well as between themselves. This is done through sensors, actuators, user interfaces, power management units, wireline and wireless communications. Digital systems also rely on key analog functions performed internally for efficient operation: memories, clocking and voltage regulation. In this course, we study the architecture of the key analog electronic systems performing these functions.
Within the ELEC/ELME formation, this course presents analog system architectures as a complementary to ELEC2531 course on digital system architectures. It serves as a basis for the courses on integrated-circuit synthesis (ELEC2650, ELEC2570 and ELEC2620).

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 a. Contribution of the activity to the learning outcomes of the program
  • AA1 Knowledge base : electronic concepts (AA1.1), simulation and CAD tools (AA1.2-3).
  • AA2 Engineering skills: problem analysis (AA2.1) and solution comparison (AA2.3).
  • AA3 R&D skills : find appropriate references on the existing solutions in the field of the flipped class topic (AA3.1).
  • AA5 Communication skills: oral communication (AA5.3, AA5.6).
  • AA6 Professional skills: use of appropriate standards (AA6.1), critical evaluation of technical solutions (AA6.3) and autonomous learning (AA6.4).
b. Learning outcomes
After this course, the electrical engineers in circuit and systems should be able to:
  • identify the key performance metrics of an analog function in a given application context,
  • explain the operation of typical analog system architectures,
  • qualitatively model the performance with respect to the architecture,
  • evaluate the performance of typical analog system architectures with SPICE simulations.
  • Noise in analog circuits
  • Opamp-based circuits
  • Analog filters
  • Voltage and current references
  • Voltage regulators
  • Memories (it time allows)
  • CMOS imagers
  • Oscillators
  • Phase-locked loops
  • High-speed serial I/Os
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The course is organized, In presence, as long as sanitary rules allow, as follows:
  • lectures on generic  analog concepts and building blocks,
  • exercise sessions on these concepts and building blocks,
  • flipped classes about typical analog applications and associated specific architectures of analog systems, these classes are based on a reading at home and a group challenge in class with a SPICE simulation tool,
  • seminar given by an expert from the industry (if time allows).
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The evaluation is based on the group challenges during the semester and an individual written exam.
Chapitres de certains livres de référence.
Teaching materials
  • Transparents des cours, chapitres de certains livres de référence, disponibles sur Moodle
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Evaluation methods
No modification except that the professors might organize an oral exam for students for whom they have doubts about the grade obtained for the written exam.

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
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