Course syllabus

Integrerade A/D och D/A omvandlare
Integrated A/D and D/A Converters

ETIN55, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2013-04-15

General Information

Main field: Electronic Design.
Compulsory for: MSOC1
Elective for: D5, D5-dpd, E4, E4-dpd
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


This course is to give student the knowledge about two kinds of important mixed signal circuits, A/D and D/A converters, which are getting more and more importance in modern electronic systems. While digital techniques become undoubtedly efficient, most of the electronic systems still have to deal with analogue signals, e.g. the radio channel in a wireless system. High performance A/D and D/A converters are the key building blocks in such systems. It is also desirable to move the analogue-digital interface towards the front-end in a software-defined radio. In designing A/D and D/A converters, there are big challenges in speed, dynamic range, area, and power consumption. Embedded A/D and D/A converters become increasingly important due to the trend of system-on-chip.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Basics of A/D and D/A converters; Specifications of A/D and D/A converters; Flash and two-step A/D converters; Folding, pipeline and successive approximation A/D converters; High accuracy A/D converters and comparator limitations; Sample and hold circuits; High accuracy D/A converters; Oversampling A/D and D/A converters; Testing of AD and D/A converters; Components matching and on-chip reference sources; The state of the art CMOS Nyquist A/D and D/A converters.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Attending at least 10 lectures, finishing all 4 lab works, and delivering qualified lab reports guarantee grade 3. For higher grades (4 or 5), a written examination is required.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: ETI220

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Pietro Andreani,
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