Analog IC Design Fundamentals

analog ic design


The focus of this course is on fundamental of analog integrated circuit design. It includes design, analysis, simulation and optimization of basic analog functional block designs such as single-stage amplifiers, differential amplifiers, current sources, voltage reference and amplifier frequency response. Understanding of these basic analog building blocks form the pillar to build more advance ICs.

Course Outcome

Upon Completion of this Course, student should be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental of analog IC designs
  • Design simple transistor level differential amplifier
  • Understand the frequency limitation of analog IC building blocks
  • Describe the importance of stable voltage reference source to analog IC building blocks.

Targeted audience

  • Designers and engineers who is new to analog IC design.
  • Digital IC designers who would like to extend their knowledge on analog IC design which would benefits them from understanding the requirements and constraints faced by analog IC designers.
  • Project managers and application/ product/ marketing engineers who would like to enhance their knowledge on the current analog IC design methodology.


Degree in Electronics Engineering or related fields and familiar with MOSFET device physics.

Course Outline

  1. Single-stage amplifier analysis
    • Common-Source
    • Common-Gate
    • Common-drain/Source-follower
    • Common-source with source degeneration
    • Cascode configuration
    • Active/regulated cascode
    • Common-source with active load
    • Common-source with diode-connected load
  2. Current Source / Current Mirror
    • Basic current source
    • Cascode current source
    • Wide swing cascode current source
  3. Differential amplifier
    • Differential pair with passive load
      • Differential-mode
      • Common-mode,
      • Common-mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR)
      • Differential pair with current mirror load
  4. Amplifier frequency response
    • Miller-effect
    • Common-source amplifier
    • Common-drain amplifier
    • Common-gate amplifier
    • Differential pair amplifier
  5. Voltage Reference
    • Self-biasing Circuit
    • Start-up circuit
    • Vth reference biasing
    • VT reference biasing
    • Bandgap reference