Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Applied electronics
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Computer Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Years teaching
Gioannini Mariangela ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-INF/01 50 15 15 2
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/01 8 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria elettronica
Subject fundamentals
This course completes the basic electronic elements addressed in the previous "Electronic systems, technologies and meaurements" course, providing detailed analysis of medium-complexity electronic systems, including mainly digital units, and introducing some design issue. The course includes the fundamental concepts of Analog to Digital interfacing, considering the circuits that must interface with sensors and actuators.
Expected learning outcomes
Ability to analyze circuits using analog, and digital signals, including ADC and DAC. Understanding the characteristics of electronic devices and integrated circuits, ability to use the data sheets. Ability to define the characteristics of functional blocks, and to design blocks of limited complexity using integrated commercial components. Knowledge of issues and techniques for interfacing and communication between modules, basic protocols, design of simple interfaces.
Knowledge of the different manufacturing techniques and design flow for electronic systems, with related parameters (speed, power consumption, cost) and features.
Ability to design interface circuits with sensors and actuators, using their typical parameters.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Analysis of electrical networks and characteristics of signals in the time and frequency domains. Models and characteristics of diodes, MOS and BJ Transistors, operational amplifiers. Behaviour, parameters and models of operational amplifiers and basic logic circuits. Tools and techniques for basic measurements (voltage, current, spectral analysis); quantitative analysis of measurement errors.
Combinatorial digital circuits (10h)
- Functional specifications.
- nMOS, pMOS and CMOS technologies.
- Electrical and interfacing features.
- Experimental laboratories.
Complex logic circuits: (10 h)
- Review on basic sequential logic circuits;
- Programmable logic circuits, PLA, FPGA.
Bus and interconnections (18 h)
- Review of transmission lines behaviour, reflections, termination, crosstalk.
- Layered model for interconnections, topologies, taxonomy.
- Synchronization protocols for reading and writing, master-slave protocols, multi-master, arbitration.
- Examples of standard protocols.
- Techniques for the distribution of clock signals and power.
Data acquisition systems (18 h)
- Conversion systems, sampling and quantization.
- Techniques and circuits for A / D to D / A.
- Signal conditioning, multiplexers, Sample / Hold.
- Systems Analog / Digital, an example of complex system with microporous / DSP or FPGA.
Power Systems and Power Supplies (8 h)
- Energy management: Power supply, Battery Charger;
- Single and full wave rectifiers;
- PWM regulation.
- Dissipative and switching voltage regulators; examples of integrated devices.
Sensors and Actuators interfacing (8 h)
- Interface circuits with basic sensors and actuators.
- Instrumentation amplifiers

Electronic drivers for main actuators (8h)
- Switching use of MOSFETs.
- Resistive and inductive load driving.
- Half-bridge and bridge circuits.
Delivery modes
The course includes classroom exercises, consisting in the analysis of circuits and electronic systems and small projects, related to the topics of the lectures. Laboratory experiments (15 hours) are carried out by student teams and a report on procedures and results of measurements must be delivered by each team.
The experimental activities address:
Digital interconnections, reflections, termination ;
D/A and A/D converters;
Sensors/actuators interfacing.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
F. Maloberti: Understanding Microelectronics: A Top-Down Approach; Wiley, December 2011, ISBN: 978-0-470-74555-7.
M. Zamboni, F. Divia’: Elettronica dei sistemi di interconnessione ed acquisizione dati; Clut, ISBN 88-7992-116-9
Assessment and grading criteria
The final assessment is based on a written test and a optional oral examination. The written test includes numerical exercises related to the most important topics. The time slot for the written examination is 2 hours. The colloquium is 15-20 min long, and deals with all the topics treated during lessons and laboratories. The final score is given by a weighted average of the evaluations for the written and oral examinations plus the evaluation of the laboratory reports (between: -4 and +4).

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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