Analog and Mixed Signal

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Demand in the area of analog and mixed signal is increasing exponentially. SJSU provides a hands-on approach that ensures that graduates are well-prepared to enter this burgeoning field.

The analog/mixed-signal IC design field of study is based on the use of standard fabrication technologies (e.g., CMOS and BiCMOS) to realize analog and mixed-signal functions on monolithic integrated circuits. Students will learn how to design basic analog building blocks used in industry and how to use them in system and product design. Students will use industry tools from SJSU labs to perform device-level circuit design and verification of the analog components covered in the classes.

Program Educational Objectives

After graduating from this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of amplifier design, RF circuits, and broadband circuits
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of data converter, PLL, voltage regulators, power supplies, RF integrated circuits design, and signal integrity.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of analog and mixed signal design, testing at all levels, validation and verification using CAD and ATE tools, SPICE, and other industry tools
  • Demonstrate skill performing research to solve open-ended design problems relating to analog and mixed signal and incorporating system engineering principles


The curriculum is designed by SJSU faculty and local industry subject matter experts with expertise in design development and testing. The curriculum is designed to respond to current and future needs in Analog & Mixed Signal. The following is a partial listing of curriculum topics:

  • Amplifier design: Operation amplifiers, differential amplifiers, operational transconductance amplifiers
  • RF circuits: Low-noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, frequency synthesizers, RF transceiver architectures
  • Broadband circuits: Phase Locked Loops (PLL), clock/data recovery (CDR) circuits, serializers/deserializers, adaptive equalizers, broadband transceiver architectures.
  • CMOS imaging: CMOS digital camera technologies, analog to digital converters, low-noise techniques, focal-plane memory and processing.
  • Design CMOS Analog Overview
  • Semiconductor Devices
  • Analog circuits
  • Analog system architectures
  • Data Converters
  • Power management, its control and architecture
  • Radio frequency integrated circuits
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Additional Info

For more information, please visit:

Dr. Nader Mir
Academic Program Coordinator
Phone: 408.924.3996

Paul Schindler
Program Specialist
Phone: 408.924.7033