Course detail

Theory of AD and DA Signal Conversion

FEKT-MPA-TVPAcad. year: 2022/2023

Structure of a chain of blocks for analogue signal processing a nd reconstruction of digitized signal, applied codes. Programmable amplifiers, analogue multiplexers, input filters. SH and TH circuits. Parameters and types of DACs, chip structures, application notes. Parameters and types of ADCs, chip structures, application notes. Self calibration, testability. Vf and fV converters, Df converters, digital measurement of time intervals, phase, frequency. Design using ADCs and DACs.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student is able to:
- define the basic blocks signal processing chain of ADC and DAC,
- define and explain the basic parameters of AD and DA converters,
- describe the static transfer characteristic of AD and DA converters and mark some static parameters in it,
- describe the basic blocks of AD and DA converters (S/H, T/H stages, filters, reference, etc.), as well as design of those stages,
- describe and explain the function of the various structures of AD and DA converters, as well as on the basis of given parameters to select and design the most appropriate structure for the application.


The subject knowledge on the Bachelor´s degree level is requested mainly design of analog and digital circuits and knowledge of analysis and signal processing.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lecture and laboratory excercises.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

- a maximum of 40points for protocols of laboratory exercises,
- a maximum of 60 points for the final exam, which consists of a written part (45 points) and oral exam (15 points).

Course curriculum

1. Basic information about ADC and DAC
2. Signal preprocessing
3. Filters
4. Sampling circuits
5. Reference sources
6. DAC
7. ADC
8. Sigma-delta converters
9. Another types of converters
10. Testing
11. New trends

1. Filters, sampling, aliasing
2. DAC with PWM
3. DAC with resistor network R-2R
4,5. Sigma delta ADC
6. Properties of ADC and DAC

Work placements

Not applicable.


The target of subject is to introduce fundamental principles of A/D and D/A converters, parameters of integrated converters and their applications.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratory exercises are mandatory. Properly excused absence from seminars can be replaced by appointment with the teacher.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Harpe, P., Baschirotto, A., Makinwa, K., A., A.: High-Performance AD and DA Converters, IC Design in Scaled Technologies, and Time-Domain Signal Processing: Advances in Analog Circuit Design, Springer, 2014, ISBN: 978-3319079370 (EN)
Holberg, D., R., Allen, P., E.: CMOS Analog Circuit Design, 3rd edition, 2013, ISBN: 978-0198097389 (EN)

Recommended reading

Gerfers, F., Ortmanns, M.: Continuous-Time Sigma-Delta A/D Conversion: Fundamentals, Performance Limits and Robust Implementations, Springer, 2006, ISBN: 978-3540284062 (EN)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-MEL Master's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPAD-MEL Master's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Fundamentals seminar

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer