Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2015/16
Digital Technologies
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Cinema And Media Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Camarchia Vittorio ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-INF/01 66 25 9 0 11
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/01 10 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria elettronica
Subject fundamentals
This mandatory course is part of the three year Bachelor’s degree on Cinema and Media Engineering. It is offered during the 2nd semester of the 2nd year. It provides fundamental notions of electrical and electronic circuits, which are needed in ordered to understand the structure and the operation of the main categories of electronic circuits that are used in digital communications.
Electrical circuit theory is introduced by providing methods to understand and analyze electrical networks including both linear and non-linear components.
Fundamental notions of electronics are explained using a system-oriented approach. After identifying the main functional modules that are part of an electronic system, and after studying their behaviors and interfacing mechanisms, an in-depth study is devoted to how digital technology is used for multi-media communications. Covered topics include fast and sophisticated digital signal processors; reliable transmission and high-resolution displays.
Expected learning outcomes
This course provides basic knowledge that will allow a student to understand the operation of electronic systems, identifying their main components, and evaluating their key characteristics. This knowledge will also allow the student to design simple analog and digital circuits.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Basic courses on physics, geometry and mathematics. In particular, the student is assumed to know differential equations, matrix computations, linear algebra (determinants, rank, and linear independence), and complex numbers.
- Overview (0.2 cr). Lumped circuits. Basic definitions : voltage, current, power. Reference directions. Kirchhoff’s laws.
- Resistive components (0.6 cr). Linear and non-linear resistors; diodes; independent sources. Two and multi-port elements: controlled sources, ideal transformer, ideal operational amplifier.
- Analysis methods (1.6cr). Series and parallel interconnections of resistors and analysis of networks including an ideal generator and resistors. Superposition principle; Thevenin and Norton theorems. Nodal analysis.
- First-order circuits (0.6 cr). Definition and characteristics of capacitor and inductor. Inspection method to analyze first-order RC and RL networks with piecewise linear generators and/or switches.
- General dynamic circuits (1.5 cr). Analysis of circuits in the sinusoidal steady state (the phasor method). Application of the Lapalace transform to circuit analysis.

- Electronic systems (0.2 cr). Partitioning of a complex electronic system into functional models. Starting from a realistic example, the following blocks will be identified: power supplies, sensors, amplifiers, processing units, actuators,...
- Analogue circuits (2.6 cr). Brief description of the basic analogue components (amplifiers, filters, comparators, ...). Negative feedback principle, satbility, frequency response, noise and power consumption. Design using operational amplifiers.
- Analogue/digital conversion (0.4 cr). Analogue and digital signals, sampling and quantization. Sensors and actuators, Analogue to Digital and Digital to Analogue converters.
- Digital circuits (1.2 cr). Combinational and sequential circuits, CMOS logic. Logic design techniques.
- Digital components (0.2 cr). Semiconductor memories (ROM, EPROM, Flash, RAM).
- Audio and video signal processing components (0.5 cr). Brief description of micro-controllers. Digital Signal processors (DSP).
- Video memorization and input/output technologies (0.4 cr). Main audio and video encoding standards (audio CD, MP3, DVD...). Video input and output technologies (CCD and CMOS sensors, LCD and plasma displays).
Delivery modes
Discussion sessions will require the students to solve some simple analysis problems of electrical and electronic circuits, using the techniques covered during lessons.
Four laboratory sessions will be devoted to design, implementation and measurements for simple analogue designs (operational amplifiers) and digital designs (logic circuits).
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
1] V. Daniele, A. Liberatore, R. Graglia, S. Manetti, Elettrotecnica, Monduzzi Editore, Bologna, 1994.
[2] R. Perfetti, Circuiti elettrici, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2003.
[3] Neil Storey Fondamenti di elettronica Editore Pearson 4edizione/Ed. 2010
Assessment and grading criteria
The exam includes a written test, of appropriate duration (aprox 2h), requiring the solution of simple exercises covering the entire subject matter. The final grade will also consider the presentation and readability of the results.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2015/16

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