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Cosmin teaches these UCLA Extension courses:



1. CMOS Analog Integrated Circuit Design
Instructor: Cosmin Iorga, Ph.D.
Schedule: Fall Quarter (September - December)
Online format remotely accessible to United States and International participants
May be applied to some of the Certificate Programs offered by UCLA Extension, Department of Engineering and Technology

This course covers the design of CMOS analog integrated circuits with a focus on theoretical and practical circuit analysis, as well as design techniques from system functional blocks and transistor level device physics.  Fundamental concepts include CMOS devices emphasizing functionality limitations caused by short channel effects, single stage amplifiers, current mirrors, bandgap references, and differential amplifiers.  Building upon these concepts, the class will explore multi-stage amplifiers, feedback, frequency response, stability, frequency compensation, and noise analysis.   Participants will be working on a deign project in which they will design an amplifier using two methods: using the traditional square-law equations and using the graphical gm/Id technique.  Special emphasis is made throughout the course on understanding the effects of device parasitics and on developing device physics driven circuit analysis and design skills.


2. RF Integrated Circuit Design
Instructor: Cosmin Iorga, Ph.D.
Schedule: Winter Quarter (January - March)
Online format remotely accessible to United States and International participants
May be applied to some of the Certificate Programs offered by UCLA Extension, Department of Engineering and Technology

This course covers the design of radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) used for wireless communications, and it focuses on theoretical and practical RF circuit design techniques from architecture down to transistor level circuit design. The course starts with fundamental concepts in RF design, harmonic distortion, noise, impedance transformation, Smith-Charts, and s-parameters.  With these basic concepts clarified, the course then introduces transceiver architectures and focuses on low noise amplifier design.  Next RF power amplifiers, phase-locked loops, and oscillators are discussed. The course concludes with a design project in which a low noise amplifier LNA is designed and characterized through simulations. Special emphasis is made throughout the course on understanding the device and interconnects parasitics, the power distribution impedance effects, the fabrication technology limitations, and the implementation of efficient techniques to mitigate these effects.

3. CMOS Digital-to-Analog and Analog-to-Digital Converter Design
Instructor: Cosmin Iorga, Ph.D.
Schedule: Spring Quarter (April - June)
Online format remotely accessible to United States and International participants
May be applied to some of the Certificate Programs offered by UCLA Extension, Department of Engineering and Technology

This course starts with an overview of data conversion systems followed by the analysis and design of basic building blocks of data converters: CMOS sampling circuits, operational amplifiers, comparators, and sample-and-hold architectures. With these fundamental concepts clarified, the course then continues with the basic principles of architectures of digital-to-analog converters, focusing on advantages, disadvantages, and performance tradeoffs of various topologies.  Following that, basic types of analog-to-digital converters are discussed focusing on design issues, sources of errors, and performance improvement techniques: offset cancellation, digital correction, and calibration techniques.  The course concludes with a design project in which participants apply the learned skills to design and characterize through simulation a CMOS SAR ADC integrated circuit.

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4. Power Integrity and Noise Coupling in Integrated Circuits
Instructor: Cosmin Iorga, Ph.D.
Schedule: Summer Quarter (June - August)
Online format remotely accessible to United States and International participants
May be applied to some of the Certificate Programs offered by UCLA Extension, Department of Engineering and Technology

This course is intended for working engineers and professionals.  The main focus is to build a strong understanding of the physical principles that describe the noise coupling and power integrity in integrated circuits and to develop the analysis skills needed by engineers to create robust designs and efficient solutions to complex problems in their daily work. Topics include power distribution impedance in chip/package/PCB co-design, loop inductance, effective decoupling techniques, power distribution impedance variation with frequency and resonance peaks, noise generation in the substrate and power distribution network, noise propagation in various types of substrates and fabrication technologies, noise reception in sensitive circuits, noise coupling suppression techniques, and noise coupling modeling and simulation. The learning approach balances qualitative and quantitative analysis methods with practical intuitive techniques for understanding the physical phenomena.  Along this course you will be exposed to various practical examples and are guided to complete a design project in which they develop the power distribution network and simulate the noise coupling effects in a mixed-signal integrated circuit.

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