Analog IC Design CPD Module

Start date: 22 September 2020

Duration: 12 Weeks

Location: Online course

Certificate: 5 ECTS

Cost: Members € 950; Non-members € 1,425

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.
Due to the Covid-19 virus, this year the Induction day and final assessment day will be held online, offering to companies and their employees a fully 100% online level-9 CPD module.

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

Prerequisite: To apply for this level 9 module applicants will normally hold a 4-year degree in electronic engineering or cognate discipline. However, prior suitable industry experience may be taken into account.


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 op-amp 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.

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