Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: D4, D4dpd, E4, E4dpd, MSOC2. Course coordinator: Pietro Andreani,, Electrical and Information Technology. Prerequisites: ETI220 Integrated A/D and D/A Converters. Assessment: Attending at least 10 lectures, finishing all 4 lab works, and delivering qualified lab reports guarantee pass. Home page:

This course deals with the theory and design of advanced mixed-signal circuits, in particular AD/DA converters built around Delta-Sigma modulators. Both discrete-time and continuous-time Delta-Sigma modulators will be treated in depth.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to orally communicate the results obtained from the laboratory work

be able to contribute sufficient fundamental concepts and knowledge so that a competent person in this area can document the idea, the problem and the solutions

Basic A/D- and D/A converters; basic Delta-Sigma A/D- and D/A converters; first-order and second-order Delta-Sigma modulators; higher-order Delta-Sigma modulators; continuous-time modulators; decimation filters; design of Delta-Sigma converters on silicon; test and measurements of A/D- and D/A converters; state-of-the-art in the design and performance of CMOS Delta-Sigma converters

Maloberti F: Data Converters. ISBN-10: 0387324852, ISBN-13: 978-0387324852.
Schreier R, Temes G C: Understanding Delta-Sigma Data Converters, ISBN: 0-471-46585-2.