CPD Module in Analog Circuit Design

Start date: 09 September 2019

Duration: 12 Weeks

Location: Online Course plus 2 days at Waterford IT

Certificate: To be confirmed

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.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of CMOS devices
  • Analyse, simulate & design CMOS analog building blocks & amplifier circuits
  • Verify & appraise analog layout structures including matching techniques
  • Gain intuitive know-how with weekly design lab & simulation exercises
  • Acquire hands-on design skills underpinned with a solid theoretical basis

Who is the course for?

  • Engineers engaged in full time employment at MIDAS companies
  • Entry level circuit designers – achieve a steeper skills trajectory
  • Experienced engineers wishing to upskill in a new area
  • Engineers wanting a deeper understanding of MOS devices & circuits



Consists of a weekly 2-hour live streaming video lecture plus 1-hour lab tutorial.

  • Weeks 1-3: MOS device fundamentals & basic building blocks
  • Weeks 4-5: Analysis and design of single stage amplifiers
  • Weeks 6-7: Analysis & design of differential amplifiers and OTAs
  • Weeks 8-10: Analysis & design of opamp circuits & applications
  • Weeks 11-12: Noise analysis, analog IC layout & matching techniques

Trainer Profile

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

He was previously a senior design engineer at Analog Devices, where he spent over 10 years involved in the design and development of a wide variety of mixed signal circuits, including high-resolution and high-speed data converters, precision comparators, analogue signal conditioning circuits, voltage references and oscillator circuits. Ken holds 4 patents and co-awards in the field of microelectronics.

He introduced Analog IC Design courses onto the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at WIT. The taught Masters’ at WIT offers modules in both Analog and Mixed Signal IC Design. Many engineers from the microelectronics industry have earned a Masters’ degree at WIT by participating in this program in part-time mode.

Contact Mark Smyth directly at msmyth01@gmail.com for full details