Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Data-Conversion Techniques and Circuits

Course Overview

Fall 2014

This page last modified on January 22, 2015

Course Time and Location: Tu, Th 4:40-6:00 pm in Wellman 3

Professor Stephen Lewis     Office: 2035 Kemper, Phone: 530-752-0458
Office Hours: Mondays 11:00-11:50am and Thursdays 1:10-2:00pm
Please contact me in person (in office hours or after class) instead of by email or by phone.

Required Text:

Reference Texts:
  1. Data Converters, Maloberti, Springer, 2008.
  2. Principles of Data Conversion System Design, Razavi, IEEE Press, 1995.
  3. Delta-Sigma Data Converters Theory, Design and Simulation, Edited by Norsworthy, Schreier, and Temes, 1997.
  4. Integrated Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Converters, van de Plassche, 1994.
  5. Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, 5th ed., Gray, Hurst, Lewis, and Meyer, 2009.
  6. Oversampling Delta-Sigma Data Converters, Edited by Candy and Temes, 1992.
  7. Analog MOS Integrated Circuits-II, Edited by Gray, Wooley, and Brodersen, 1989.
  8. Analog MOS Integrated Circuits for Signal Processing, Gregorian and Temes, 1986.
  9. Analog-Digital Conversion Handbook, by Engineers at Analog Devices, 1986.
  10. Bipolar and MOS Analog Integrated Circuit Design, Grebene, 1984.

Prerequisites: EEC210

After taking this course, a student should understand:
  1. A/D and D/A building blocks (passive components and comparators),
  2. sample-and-hold circuits,
  3. digital-to-analog-converter characteristics, error sources, architectures, correction techniques, and limitations, and
  4. analog-to-digital-converter characteristics, error sources, architectures, correction techniques, and limitations.

The grades will be based on one design project, one exam, and one paper review. The exam will be open book and open notes and will be held during the last class period (Thursday Dec. 11). Also, each student will write a short paper review (2-3 pages) explaining at least one point covered in a journal article on a data-conversion topic. The paper reviews will be due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday Dec. 16. The project will be due on Tuesday Nov. 25. There will be about six homework assignments, but they will not be collected or graded. The weighting used for the final course grade will be:

Project 25%
Paper Review 25%
Final Exam 50%

Web Page:
Homework assignments and solutions will be posted on this web page. To access this information, you will need the User Name and Password, which appear on the printed syllabus handed out in the first class.

Reading Assignments:
The reading assignments refer to the books listed above and use the following abbreviations:
  1. Maloberti = The Maloberti Book
  2. Razavi = The Razavi Book
  3. van de Plassche = The van de Plassche Book
  4. GHL&M = The Gray, Hurst, Lewis, and Meyer Text (required for EEC210)
  5. GWB = The Gray, Wooley, and Brodersen Book
  6. G&T = The Gregorian and Temes Text
  7. Grebene = The Grebene Book

Passive Components GHL&M pp. 146-151, Grebene pp. 135-147, 154-159
G&T pp. 86-93, 117, 474-483
GWB pp. 119-127 (McCreary), 128-135 (Shyu)
GWB pp. 167-186 (Allstot)
Sample-and-Hold Circuits Maloberti Ch. 5, Razavi Ch 2 and 3, van de Plassche Ch. 8
GWB pp. 90-95 (Yen), 146-152 (Wilson)
GWB pp. 153-157 (Shieh)
Comparators Maloberti pp. 146-147 and 150-155, Razavi Sec. 7.2 and 8.1
van de Plassche Ch. 5, GWB pp. 99-106 (Allstot), 107-109 (Soo)
G&T pp. 425-437
Digital-to-Analog Converters Maloberti, Ch. 3, Razavi Ch. 4 and 5, van de Plassche Ch. 6
GWB pp. 370-375 (Miki), Grebene Ch. 14
Analog-to-Digital Converters Malobert, Ch. 4 and Ch. 6-9, Razavi Ch. 6 and Sec. 8.3 and 8.4
van de Plassche Ch. 7, 10, and 11
GWB pp. 283-350 (10 papers), Grebene Ch. 15

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