ECE3434 Advanced Electronic Circuits

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Coverage:  This course is the third of three one-semester courses in electronics.  The other two are called Introduction to Electronics (ECE3413) and Intermediate Electronics (ECE3424).   Introductory electronics is primarily about basic principles of networks and linear components.  Intermediate electronics is primarily about semiconductor devices and non-linear electronics.   Advanced electronics is primarily about applications and non-ideal systems.   All three courses use circuit simulation software, usually that of pspice.

  1. Certification paradigm
  2. Syllabus: spring 2015

Skills level:

ECE3434 is an upper level course, and you should expect it to have more demands and expectations than earlier ones in the program sequence. 

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In large part homework will not be drawn from the textbook but will exist as postings on this website.  It will usually be in a somewhat dynamic state subject to a mix of modifications and changes. Homework exercises from past editions of this course are therefore not likely to be valid, and if solutions from old homework appear, it will imply that the question of academic dishonesty might need to be reviewed, which your professor would rather not have to do.

·       Be concise.  It is incumbent upon students to practice good report techniques via the homework environment as much as in more formal situations.

·       Electronically submitted homework: (mostly pspice)  (1) Go to ECE Home and click on ‘Intranet’.  (2)  Login under Intranet.  Look under the ‘Tools/Service’ menu.  Find an entry for ‘Homework Submittal’.  (3) Click on Homework submittal and follow the instructions.  Submit as a .pdf file.

Scholarship is only part of your profile.  Please turn in neat and good quality work.  And turn it in on time.

  1. ahw1:  Power amplifiers
  2. shw1:  Class-C power amplifier
  3. ahw3:  Power converters        
  4. ahw4:  Coupled pairs
  5. shw3:  Common-mode rejection
  6. ahw5:  opamps
  7. shw4:  opamp slew rate
  8. shw5:  feedback/slone amplifier
  9. ahw6:  feedback and stability
  10. shw6:  Tow-Thomas biquad
  11. shw7:  RLC:CRD low-pass
  12. ahw7:  Noise analysis
  13. shw8:  BJT noise analysis

Lab project:

The lab is a project drawn from a focused resource on audio amplifiers (G. Randy Slone, High-Power Audio Amplifier Construction Manual, McGraw-Hill, 1999).  The project will take the circuit for a 12W power amplifier and develop it into a completed hard-wired unit.  This process will require a design cycle and development sequence consisting of analysis, simulation, PC board layout, population of the board, hard-soldering, and testing.


If for some reason you do not feel secure with the pspice circuit simulation utility you might take a walk through the tutorials under the link to the online resource  textbook:  R. Winton, Circuits, Devices, Networks, and Microelectronics .  They are slow and patient and will help to get you started and into the pspice features needed for the class circuit simulation exercises.

If you are without pspice you can obtain a copy at pspice(olde) which is a relatively friendly version and will help with the overhead needed to come up to speed on the licensed version used by the lab project.

Supplemental Information:

  1. Power electronics: summaries
  2. Current mirror summaries (pdf)
  3. Opamps:  quiz cover sheet (pdf)
  4. Stability analysis and freq profiling (pdf): 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.
  5. dB measures and equivalent factors
  6. Noise characteristics of selected opamps
  7. Tables for Doubly-Terminated RLC ladders



  1. Analytical (and pspice) homework solutions
  2. Former quizzes ( no solutions and don’t ask )
  3. Old quizzes this semester (Solutions)


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Professor notes:  R. Winton, Circuits, Devices, Networks, and Microelectronics chapters 12 thru 19.