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EEC211 – Advanced Analog Circuit Design

3 units – Winter Quarter

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite: EEC210; STA 131A and EEC 112 are recommended.

Grading: Letter; homework, midterm and final exams.

Catalog Description:

Noise and distortion in electronic circuits and systems. Application to communication circuits. Specific applications include mixers, low-noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, phase-locked loops, oscillators and receiver architectures.

Expanded Course Description:

After taking this course the student should understand:

  1. The impact of combined noise and distortion on various communication circuits
  2. How to analyze distortion in memoryless electronic circuits
  3. How to design systems to minimize the deleterious effects of noise
  4. How to analyze circuits and systems with noise sources present
  5. The origins of noise in electronic systems
  1.  Noise
    1. Review of necessary probability and statistics
    2. Noise as a random variable. Derivation of thermal noise voltage. Autocorrelation function. Power spectral density. Noise bandwidth.
    3. Non equilibrium noise sources: shot, flicker, burst, avalanche.
    4. Noise models for electronic devices. Equivalent input noise generators. Optimum source impedance.
    5. Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and Minimum Detectable Signal (MDS). Noise Factor (F), Noise figure (NF), Noise Temperature (Te). Available gain (G) and Noise Factor for cascaded stages.
    6. Effect of feedback on noise.
    7. Noise shaping circuits to improve SNR. Chopper amplifier example. (optional – as time permits)
  2. Distortion
    1. Low-frequency distortion analysis using series expansion. Definitions of distortion products.
    2. Effect of feedback on distortion.
    3. Distortion in cascaded stages.
    4. Distortion and noise in communication circuits, spurious-free dynamic range.
    5. High-frequency distortion and the Volterra Series. (optional – as time permits)
  3. Applications (cover as time permits)
    1. Mixers
    2. Low-noise amplifiers
    3. Power amplifiers
    4. Phase-locked loops
    5. Oscillators
    6. Receiver architectures (homodyne, heterodyne)


  1. Thomas H. Lee, The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits. Cambridge University Press, 1998
  2. Richard R. Spencer, Noise in Electronic Devices, Circuits and Systems.
    Notes made available each quarter.

Instructors: Spencer, Current, Hurst


Last revised: October 2001