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About ECE554

Spring. 4 Credits. Prerequisites: ECE 453 or equivalent, Familiarity with engineering statistics is recommended.

A survey of some advanced topics in analog VLSI including noise analysis, reference design, translinear circuits, oscillators, PVT variation, high speed I/O, and PLL design. Additional Topics will be added based on student interest. This course will have an emphasis on research and design as well as group work. Students are expected to have some knowledge or experience with analog VLSI.


TR 1:25 - 2:40 PM UPSON 215


Alyssa Apsel

Alyssa Apsel

Office: 412 Phillips Hall
Office Hours: Thursday 3.00-5.00 PM
(In case of instructor absence, office hours will be rescheduled)
Phone: 255-3962
E-mail: apsel at


Bo Xiang

Bo Xiang

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 10-11:30AM
Location: Duffield 358
E-mail: bx29 at

Primary Text

  • Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits, Behzad Razavi, McGraw-Hill, chapters 10,12,13.

Recommended Reference Texts and Papers:

  • Design of Integrated Circuits for Optical Communications, Behzad Razavi, McGraw-HillCarver, chapters 4,5,9
  • Design of Analog-Digital VLSI Circuits for Telecommunications and Signal Processing, edited by Y. Tsividis and J. Franca. Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Analysis and Simulation of Noise in Non-linear Electronic Circuits and Systems, A. Demir and A. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Kluwer
  • Low Noise Electronic System Design, C. Motchenbacher and J. Connelly, Wiley.
  • We will also assign readings from research papers which will be posted to the webpage.

Lecture Topics

Jan23Review(Amplifier, stability, basics) and some advanced technqiues!Razavi 1-6, 9-10 HW1 assigned
Jan30High Performance Amplifiers and Review (Noise)Razavi Ch.7
Feb6Noise-Circuits and TheoryRazavi Ch.7, Motchenbacher 5,6 Johnson,Nyquist HW2 assigned
Feb13Noise and StabilityRazavi Ch.9,10,14
Feb20Oscillators I Exam I Razavi Ch.14, HW3 assigned
Feb27Oscillators II and Phase NoiseRazavi Ch. 14 Miniproject I assigned
March5Translinear CircuitsTBA(Gilbert Paper)
March12Phase Detectors/PLLRazavi Ch. 15 Miniproject II
March19SPRING BREAKRazavi Ch. 15
March26PLL's Exam IIRazavi Ch.15 + Papers TBA
April2Bandgap ReferencesRazavi Ch.12
April9CDR(maybe)Razavi (optional) Ch.9 Miniproject III
April16Variation and MismatchTBA(Kinget/Pappu papers)
April23(overflow time)TBA
April30Student ProjectsTBA