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MEng Electronic Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
High Speed Digital and Mixed Signal Design
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
PCB Design fundamentals
PCB construction and layout
CAD tool design flow
Power and ground distribution
High speed digital design
What is meant by ‘high speed’?
Signal propagation in distributed lines
PCB transmission lines and termination
What is meant by ‘mixed signal’?
Crosstalk management by design partitioning
Selection and use of data converters
Data converter support circuits
Clocking and jitter requirements for data converters
Introduction to electronic product design at the system level
Architectures, grounding in distributed systems, EMC
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 2020/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.
The unit aims to:
Introduce students to modern PCB design, including more advanced layout practices.
Enable students to recognise and apply appropriate techniques for the design of high speed digital circuits and systems
Enable students to recognise and apply appropriate techniques for the design of mixed signal circuits and systems, including selection and use of data converters and associated components
On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Teaching and learning methods
20 hours of lectures: Largely PowerPoint based but including the use of pre-recorded videos of practical demonstrations and live demonstrations using an industry-standard CAD tool.
2 hours of small group teaching: Students discuss design problems in preparation for related coursework assignments, supported by instructor/demonstrator questioning.
3 × 3 hour laboratory classes: Practical CAD exercises, requiring deeper engagement with concepts introduced in the lectures – coursework assignments are associated with sessions 2 and 3.
Up to 30 hours (depending on previous experience of PCB CAD tools) of directed private study: Familiarisation with the design environment and basic workflows (file creation and management, schematic and layout editing). Study of book chapters and articles from the professional press describing good practice in PCB design.
Duration of Lab assignment 4 hours (2x5%)
Duration of Tutorial assignment 4 hours (2x5%)
The coursework forms 20% of the total unit assessment.
Students are directed to a variety of targeted resources, including book chapters, articles from the professional press, online articles and webinars.
Relevant textbooks include:
The Circuit Designer's Companion (Butterworth Heinemann), Tim Williams
High Speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic (Prentice Hall Modern Semiconductor Design), Howard W. Johnson; Martin Graham
Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering (Wiley), Henry W. Ott
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||9|
|Independent study hours|
|Paul Wright||Unit coordinator|
|Michael O'Toole||Unit coordinator|