CPD Module in Analog Circuit Design

Start date: 09 September 2019

Duration: 12 Weeks (plus 3 weeks for induction and assessments)

Location: Online Course and at Waterford Institute of Technology

Certificate: TBC

Cost: Members € 990

Course code: N/A

Programme overview

This module will develop a deep understanding of MOS devices and fundamental analog circuits. It will be delivered using flexible distance learning methods, with a combination of online real-time video lectures, design simulation labs, tutorials, online support, assignments and final exam.

For registration and general queries details about this specific course, please contact Mark Smyth directly at msmyth01@gmail.com

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:
Analyse and evaluate the characteristics and modes of operation of the MOS transistor
Design and evaluate different types of current sources and current mirrors
Design and evaluate different types of single stage common source amplifiers
Design and evaluate differential amplifier circuits
Design and evaluate a basic CMOS OTA and a basic two-stage opamp
Analyse and evaluate a basic linear regulator circuit
Analyse and evaluate noise in CMOS circuits
Verify and appraise analog layout structures including matching techniques

Who is the course for?

Engineers engaged in full time employment at MIDAS companies
Entry level circuit designers
Experienced engineers wishing to upskill in a new area
Any engineer wishing to attain a deeper understanding of MOS devices and circuits


(Each week consists of a 2 hour live streaming video lecture plus a 1 hour lab tutorial)
Week 1: MOS device fundamentals
Week 2: MOS device operation
Week 3: MOS current mirrors
Week 4: Single stage Amplifiers I
Week 5: Single stage Amplifiers II
Week 6: Differential amplifiers
Week 7: Frequency response of amplifiers
Week 8: Operational amplifiers I
Week 9: Operational amplifiers II
Week 10: Noise considerations
Week 11: Physical layout and component matching for analog circuits
Week 12: Introduction to linear regulators and LDOs

Trainer Profile

Ken Deevy is a senior lecturer and researcher at Waterford Institute of Technology where he runs the Microelectronics and Sensors Research laboratory.

Prior to his teaching career he was a senior design engineer at Analog Devices, where he spent 10 years involved in the design and development of a wide variety of mixed signal circuit designs, including high-resolution and high-speed data converters, amplifiers, analogue signal conditioning circuits, voltage references/regulators and CMOS oscillator circuits. Ken holds 4 patents and co-awards in the field of microelectronics.

At WIT he introduced Analog IC Design courses onto the undergraduate programmes at WIT and chaired the curriculum team which developed a taught Masters in Electronic Engineering which has been successfully producing graduates for industry for over 10 years now. The taught masters at WIT offers modules in Analog IC Design, Mixed Signal IC Design and Semiconductor Engineering and many graduates of this programme have gone on to successful careers in the semiconductor industry.

Contact Gerry Byrne at Gerry.Byrne@midasireland.ie for full details