Operational Amplifier Design


CMPE Degree: This course is Elective for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Elective for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 3 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Electronic Design and Applications

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Prerequisites: ECE 3041 [min C] or ECE 3043 [min C]

Corequisites: None.

Catalog Description

Analysis and design techniques for the utilization of integrated circuit
operational amplifiers for applications in electronic systems.

Course Outcomes

  1. Describe operational amplifiers (op-amps) fundamentals and their applications.
  2. Analyze and design of op-amp based feedback circuits with various inverting and non-inverting configurations.
  3. Design linear op-amp circuits, including amplifiers, I-V/V-I converters, instrumentation amplifiers, integrators, differentiators.
  4. Describe the static and dynamic limitations of practical op amps, their causes, and their impacts on application circuits based on op-amps.
  5. Demonstrate basic filter theory, filter responses, and filter synthesis techniques.
  6. Analyze and design of various continuous-time active filter designs based on op amps.
  7. Analyze and design of discrete-time circuits (switched capacitor circuits) based on op amps.
  8. Analyze and design of nonlinear circuits (e.g., comparators, Schmitt triggers, rectifiers, and peak detectors) based on op amps.

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( P ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( P ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( M ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( LN ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( LN ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( P ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( LN ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Not Applicable

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

Properties of Op-Amps
The ideal op-amp. Open-loop gain, input resistance, and output

Ideal Op-Amp Circuits
Inverting and non-inverting amplifiers. Differential input and output
amplifiers. Integrators and differentiators. Single-pole low-pass and
high-pass amplifiers. The op-amp as a comparator.

Op-Amp Active Filters
Filter transfer functions. Butterworth, Chebyshev, Thompson, and
elliptic approximations. Sallen-Key, infinite-gain-multi-feedback, state
variable, generalized impedance converter, and switched capacitor

Nonlinear Applications
Precision rectifier, peak detector, wave-shaping, and log-converter

Characteristics of Non-Ideal Op-Amps
Open-loop transfer function, bandwidth, gian-bandwith product, slew rate,
power bandwidth, clipping, rise time, offset voltages and currents,
stability, frequency compensation, noise.

Op-Amp Signal Generator Circuits
Sine-wave oscillators, triangle-wave generators, square-wave generators,
and pulse generators.

Other Applications of op-Amps
Applications to digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters,
electronic switching circuits, voltage-to-current converters, and
voltage-to-frequency and frequency-to-voltage converters.