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Recommendations for Introductions to Analog IC Design

On this page you will find some resources that teach you the foundations of designing analog ICs. As a prerequisite, you should already have a good knowledge of the Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits using discrete components (like resistors, capacitors and transistors). There are some important new rules when it comes to designing ICs (one of the most interesting one is, that the parameters of the circuit elements on one chip are very closely matched, and you have to find ways to fully utilize this feature). But there are a lot of important concepts that you can learn with discrete circuits, and of course it is so much so easier to build and modify them (when it comes to IC design, you have to rely very much on computer design and simulation).

A very nice introduction (even if you have never heard about IC design before) is the free Designing Analog Chips by Hans Camenzind. Camenzind is the designer of the famous 555 IC, so he knows what he is talking about.

You can watch some good Analog ICs Video Lectures by Professor K. Radhakrishna Rao - 28 lectures, each approximately 45 minutes.

If you have questions about the design of analog ICs, a very good place to ask is the edaboard, more specifically its Analog IC Design and Layout subforum.

NOTE: More info and links will follow soon.



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