Applying new skills to a variety of design applications
is becoming increasingly critical for engineers. This holds true for industries including wireless communications, digital audio, digital telephony, SOC design involving mixed-signal processing, and analog/digital conversion. Mixed signal design entails integrating sampled and quantized digital circuits with continuous analog circuits on a board, or, more typically today, within an integrated circuit. The most familiar components are analog-to-digital converters, digital-to-analog circuits, sample-and-holds, and phase locked loops. Some purely analog circuits, such as anti-alias filters and reconstruction filters and some purely digital circuits, such as digital filters, are also part of this field of study.
Whenever a computer or other piece of digital logic interacts with the real world, some sort of analog-to-digital or digital-to-analog conversion is required. The digital revolution has shrunk the analog domain significantly. As a result, stringent performance requirements have been placed on technology including phase locked loop jitter, circuit noise, and sample-and-hold "droop." Often a complex system's ultimate performance depends more on its mixed signal data converters and oscillators as opposed to other components.
This course covers fundamentals of data converters, Nyquist-rate converters, discrete-time signal processing, central concept of oversampling and noise-shaping, and delta-sigma modulators. Intended for engineers working with digital and analog signals, seeking to learn more about mixed-signal (analog plus digital) circuit design, analysis, and application. Whether you are a "pure" digital or analog engineer, the material covered in this course will provide you with the skills necessary to excel in your field.
- Explore various types of analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converter and phase lock loop (PLL) circuits, including design details and benefits and disadvantages of each type
- Examine phase locked loops and their design and use in real-world communications systems
Course Learning Outcomes:
- Design an A/D or D/A converter to a given performance specification, choosing an overall architecture, number of stages, and internal precision
- Design a digital phase locked loop to a given performance specification, choosing an overall architecture and number of loop elements
- Design a simple first-order reconstruction filter for a D/A converter or anti-alias filter for an A/D converter
- Discuss the tradeoff between analog filter design and converter clock/sample rate
- Design a track-and-hold circuit and discuss how it can improve an A/D converter's performance
Required Software: Students will need the latest version of:
Optional Reading: CMOS Mixed-Signal Circuit Design, 2nd ed. - Author: R. Jacob Baker. Ph.D. - Pub: Wiley IEEE Press - ISBN-13: 978-0470290262
Course Typically Offered: Online in Fall and Spring quarters.
Prerequisite: Some background in analog circuit design is recommended, and you should review basic differential equations and simple calculus.
Next Step: After completing this course consider taking other courses in the Wireless Engineering, Digital Signal Processing or RF Engineering certificate programs.
Contact: For more information about this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Number: ECE-40244
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: RF Engineering, Wireless Engineering
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3/28/2023 - 5/27/2023
This course is entirely web-based and to be completed asynchronously between the published course start and end dates. Synchronous attendance is NOT required.
You will have access to your online course on the published start date OR 1 business day after your enrollment is confirmed if you enroll on or after the published start date.
Eldon, John, Engineering Consultant
John Eldon, engineering consultant, was the director of digital ASIC design at PulseLink. Using VERILOG in a commercial setting, he has devised numerous integrated-circuit architectures that implement a wide variety of digital signal processing algorithms, as well as, defining a number of commercial integrated circuits.
No refunds after: 4/3/2023.
3/28/2023 - 5/27/2023
You will have access to your course materials on the published start date OR 1 business day after your enrollment is confirmed if you enroll on or after the published start date.
There are no sections of this course currently scheduled. Please contact the Science & Technology department at 858-534-3229 or email@example.com for information about when this course will be offered again.