Mixed-Signal Circuit and Architecture Design for CMOS Data Converters

Supervisor: Prof. Murmann

Place: Technion

Date: 28-12-08


Dates: 28-30 December 2008
Location: Meyer building, Department of electrical engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel
This course will cover the design of mixed-signal integrated circuits for implementing the interfaces between analog and digital signals in CMOS VLSI systems. Topics include fundamental circuit elements such as comparators, track-and-hold circuits, and operational transconductance amplifiers. Architecture-specific material will focus on pipeline ADCs and current-steering DACs. The course ends with a discussion on technological limits and current research topics.
08:30-10:00, 10:30-12:00 Data converter architectures, specifications and trends; voltage comparator design
13:30-15:00, 15:30-17:00. Track-and-hold circuit design, analysis of nonidealities such as noise and distortion
08:30-10:00, 10:30-12:00 Operational transconductance amplifiers, gm/ID based design
13:30-15:00, 15:30-17:00 Pipeline ADCs, architecture and circuit design
08:30-10:00, 10:30-12:00 Fundamentals of Nyquist DAC design; data converter testing
13:30-15:00, 15:30-17:00 Limits on ADC power dissipation; research topics
Prof. Boris Murmann, Stanford University
Short biography
Boris Murmann received the Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in communications engineering from Fachhochschule Dieburg, Germany, in 1994, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, in 1999. In 2003, he received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
From 1994 to 1997, he was with Neutron Mikrolektronik GmbH, Hanau, Germany, where he developed low-power and smart-power ASICs in automotive CMOS technology. During 2001 and 2002, he held summer positions with the High-Speed Converter Group at Analog Devices, Wilmington, MA. Since 2004, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford, CA. His research interests are in the area of mixed-signal integrated circuit design, with special emphasis on data converters and sensor interfaces.
At UC Berkeley, Dr. Murmann received the outstanding graduate student instructor award in 1999 and the CalView award for excellence in distance education in 2003. He was a co-recipient of the Meritorious Paper Award at the 2005 US Government Microcircuit & Critical Technology Conference. Dr. Murmann served as a guest editor for the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing in 2007. He currently serves as a member of the International Solid-State-Circuits Conference (ISSCC) program committee.

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