This course is dedicated to the development of expertise and
confidence in the subject area of electronics. As indicated by the
course name it is the second course in the electronics sequence. So
the policies and syllabus make the assumption that you already have a
semester's worth of insight in the subject area.
- Policies and Certification
- Syllabus for spring 2005
Electronic II is an upper level course, and it would be a good idea
to take a read of this perspective
document and its commentary.
Email is the operational link to your instructor. And it is also
the vehicle by which you will receive most of your runtime information,
such as homework assignments, corrections, new postings and updates.
When enrolled in the course you are also instantiated in the class
alias, usually within the first few days of the semester if not
earlier. If for some reason you find that you are not receiving email
you might check with the ECE office or send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org to ascertain the reason why you do not exist.
If you have registered late you may find that you are in purgatory and
your existence is delayed by circumstance. But if you do not appear to
have an electronic presence within 2-3 days of the beginning of the
semester you might ping the admin services in order to advance and be
Since homework will, in large part, not be drawn from the textbook
but exist as postings on this class website, it will be in a somewhat
dynamic state, subject to minor modifications and wholesale changes.
Homework from past semesters is not valid, and if solutions from old
homework postings should appear, then it may will cease to become
homework and then become evidence in a hearing, for which your
perceptions of academic dishonesty will have to be reviewed and you will
have need to rethink your career choices. Your professor would rather
not have to deal with this sort of situation.
Electronic submissions: Subject to
professor discretion, it is likely that pSPICE homework may be called
for submission electronically .
A particular demand of pSPICE submissions is that you should
be concise. You are expected to parse your pSPICE output
files and submit only those parts that are relevant to the question being
addressed. This is a demand, not a request, and penalties are assessed
for excess inclosures. And they add up quickly.
Whether electronic or hardcopy, pSPICE submissions should be
accomplished using MS Word or an equivalent utlity to format the output
into a compact and concise (and readable) form, usually 2-3 pages
at most. All electronic submissions should be converted to .pdf format
, since the acrobat reader is the only utility that allows markup without
compromising the original document.
Due dates for electronically submitted homework are the same as for
Homework postings: Subject to wholesale changes
- Single transistor configs by inspection
- Current sources and mirrors
- Coupled pairs and differential amplifiers
- STC frequency domain analysis
- Ideal opamp exercises
- Exercises in non-ideal opamps
- Slew-rate analysis
- CMRR analysis of diffamp circuit
- Feedback and stability
- Sallen-Key biquad
- Tow-Thomas biquad
- Table-defined freq profiles (SPICE/analysis)
- Power amplifier circuits
- DC-DC power converters
- Thermal noise and S/N analysis
If for some reason you do not feel secure with the pSPICE circuit
simulation utility you might take a few moments and walk through these
tutorials. They are slow and patient, and will help to get you started
and into the more important aspects of pSPICE that are needed for expert
- Tutorial #1:
Getting Started - pSPICE Schematics editor.
- Tutorial #2:
Execute pSPICE and invoke the PROBE (output display) window.
- Tutorial #3: Set up
parametric sweep option. Example: Maximum power transfer theorem via pSPICE.
- Tutorial #4: Load
MOSIS parameters into generic MOS part. Example: I-V characterstics for short-channel transistor.
If you do not have a copy of the student version of pSPICE, go get
one at the
ORCAD/Cadence (updated) site. It should be a straightforward download
and install. If for some reason this copy is not friendly (sometimes
also called 'vendor improved') then you can obtain an old reliable
- Analysis of differential pairs -
Common-mode rejection ratio (CMRR) assessment using pSPICE for
(ECP) and for
- Active-mode Differential pairs -
pSPICE assessment of micropower
(low current-level) ECP
- Frequency-domain analysis for electronic circuits -
roll-off corners using pSPICE for
and 2n3904 BJT part and for
using 2-micron technology MOSIS parameters.
- Class exercise using 2-micron technology
MOSIS parameters, for
FET cascode circuit.
- Class exercise illustrating
R-2R ladder with opamp backend.
- Homework exercise on
CMRR of differential amplifier with non-ideal opamps.
- Homework exercise on
slew rate,, non-ideal opamps.
- Homework exercise on
Sallen-Key biquad with non-ideal opamp
- Homework exercise on
Tow-Thomas biquad and extraction of rolloff in dB/decade.
Supplemental Information, Synopses and Summaries
- 'Looking into' transistors (pdf)
- BJT single transistor configurations
Professor notes, Chapter 10, techniques of circuit analysis by inspection.
- Single transistor configurations:
-> Approximated relationships for circuit design (pdf)
- Current mirror summaries (pdf)
- Opamps: Quiz cover sheet (pdf)
- Stability analysis and freq
Caution: The font size on this document has been
made *very* small in order to accommodate the RLC ladder tables in
a single-page format.
- Power electronics: summaries
- Noise characteristics of selected opamps
- Power electronics.
Professor's notes on power amplifiers and power converters.
- Professor's notes on noise and
dynamic range (DR) . This material has lain dormant under glass
for several semesters, but it appears that a re-awakening is necessary
- Techniques of feedback and frequency
profiling. Professor's notes on the link between stability and
higher-order frequency profiles.
Housekeeping rules . You had better read this, or expect to
lose a letter grade almost immediately.
This document is also emplaced under transparent cover at each workstation.
General policies and
Logbooks and reports: data and
The 9 required experiments are:
- Experiment #1:
Diode characteristics. Diode-capacitance circuits.
- Experiment #2:
Output characteristics of the Bipolar-Junction Transistor (BJT)
and SPICE parameters.
- Experiment #3:
- Experiment #4:
Current sources and coupled pairs
- Experiment #5:
Basic opamp configs: Inverting, Non-inverting, and T-networks
- Experiment #6:
Opamp applications: Bridge configurations
- Experiment #7:
Opamp applications: Phase-shift circuits
- Experiment #8:
Opamp applications: Tuned biquad circuits
- Experiment #9:
Power amplifiers: Class B and class AB push-pull
Checkoff of these experiments by your lab instructor and execute the
3 required reports drawn from these 9, and you will have a score
somewhere around C-level, as defined by the
and grading analysis
Extra experiments for a score above C-level are:
- Experiment #10:
Opamp application: Summing circuits: R-2R stairstep generator
- Experiment #11:
Relaxation oscillator circuits
- Experiment #12
Bandgap volltage reference circuits
- Experiment #13:
Wideband quadrature phase-sequence network
- Experiment #14
Ring-of-three state-variable filter
- Experiment #15
Photodiode, opto-isolator, opto-interruptor circuits
- Experiment #16
Voltage-controlled oscillator circuits
- Experiment #17
Low-distortion RC oscillator
- Experiment #18
Colpitts quartz oscillator
- Experiment #19
Commander Cody and the lost planet airmen
PSPICE: The student version of pSPICE is located at
ORCAD/Product/Simulation/Pspice , which has a wealth of information
as well as the download verion of pSPICE.