EECS 413: Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, a major design course taken
by undergraduate students as well as graduate students, included a contest
and cash prize for the best designs in the class, thanks to the sponsorship
of Texas Instruments. This popular course taught by
Prof. Michael Flynn
offers an introduction to CMOS analog and mixed signal design. Two winning
teams shared the prize money in this year's class, Fall 2009.
Parent, Aaron Rocca, David Chen, Co-winners (UG Group)
David Chen, Joseph Parent, and Aaron Rocca, all undergraduate electrical
engineering majors, designed a "Low-noise Current to Voltage Differential
Amplifier." This project accepts two currents as inputs, and outputs a
voltage proportional to the difference in input currents. The gain is set
externally, allowing for a large range of input currents.
this as an atypical design of a widely used device that resulted in improved
performance. The group believes that their method will result in less
expensive fabrication because the chip doesn't have to be as precise to
Nathan Roberts, Qiong Wu, and Zhengzheng Wu, all graduate students in
electrical engineering, designed a Switching Buck Converter for
their project, "Investigation of a CMOS Monolithic Buck Converter for USB
Applications." The design work provided a solution to monolithically
integrated power management units for USB controllers in the 130 technology
node, which has potential applications in USB connected consumer
||Nathan Roberts, Zhengzheng Wu, Qiong Wu
CoWinners (Grad Group)
"The class focused on practical analysis and intuition to solve problems
and had two design projects that gave us real experience in analog design,"
said Roberts. He added: "the contest was fun because it really inspired
people to come up with projects that pushed the limits of what we could
achieve in a fairly short amount of time."
EECS 413 is a major design experience course for undergraduate students,
or can be taken for regular credit by graduate students. This year
designs were implemented in a commercial 0.13μm CMOS process, and are aided
by a full suite of industrial-grade CAD tools from Cadence.
See last year's winning projects
Posted: December 23, 2009 by
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