EE 420 Engineering Electronics II and ECG 620 Analog IC Design
Spring 2015, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Course lecture notes and videos are located here

Homework assignments, due dates, and project information are located here


Current grades are located here.


In this course we will make extensive use of LTspice.

Examples from the lectures are found in


Textbook: CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation, Third Edition (Chapters 9, 20-24)

Instructor: R. Jacob Baker (see office hours at this link)

Teaching Assistant: Yiyan Li 

Time: MW 1 to 2:15 PM

Course dates: Wednesday, January 21 to Wednesday, May 6

Location: TBE B-172  

Holidays: February 16 (Washington's Birthday Recess), March 30 and April 1 (Spring break)
Final exam time: Monday, May 11, 1 to 3 PM

Course content An introduction to the design, layout, and simulation of analog integrated circuits including current mirrors, voltage and current references, amplifiers, and op-amps. Credits: 3

Prerequisites: EE 320


25% Midterm
25% Homework/Quizzes

25% Course Project (more complicated project for graduate credit, that is, ECG 620)
25% Final



  • No laptops, Internet appliances (e.g. Kindle, Nook, Ipad, etc.), smart phones, can be used during lectures or exams.
  • If an exam or quiz is open book then only the course textbook can be used (no ebooks, Kindle, Nook, etc., older/international editions, or photocopies).
  • No late work accepted. All assigned work is due at the beginning of class.
  • The final exam will not be returned at the end of the semester, not even temporarily for you to review.
  • Regularly being tardy for lectures, leaving in the middle of lectures, or earlier from lectures is unacceptable without prior consent of the instructor.
  • Cheating or plagiarism will result in an automatic F grade in the course (so do your own homework and projects!)
  • Questions for the instructor (only) should be asked in person (not via email).
Penalty points will be deducted from your Homework/Quiz grades for failing to follow these policies (such as using your laptop, phone, tablet during a lecture).


Course Outcomes

After completing EE 422/ECG 622 students will be able to:

1. Discuss the operation of a field-effect transistor in weak, moderate, and strong inversion and how it relates to SPICE parameters. Program Outcomes: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.
2. Describe the gain, speed, and matching trade-offs when setting the width, length, and overdrive of transistors. Program Outcomes: 1.3, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, and 1.11.
3. Analyze and design transistor current mirrors, amplifiers, and differential amplifiers. Program Outcomes: 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.10, and 1.11.
4. Design and analyze voltage and current references. Program Outcomes: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.
5. Design op-amps for specific gain, speed, or switching performance. Program Outcomes: 1.3, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.
6. Analyze the frequency response of amplifier and operational amplifier circuits. Program Outcomes: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.
7. Compensate operational amplifiers for stability. Program Outcomes: 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.


Program Outcomes

1.1 An ability to apply mathematics through differential and integral calculus.
1.2 An ability to apply advanced mathematics such as differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics.
1.3 An ability to apply knowledge of basic sciences.
1.6 An ability to apply knowledge of engineering.
1.7 An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.
1.8 An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
1.9 An ability to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices.
1.10 An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice,1.11 An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.