Last February 4, 2015, Prof. Jose M. de la Rosa gave a course on Sigma-Delta Converters at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. The first part of the course consisted of a 2.5-hour lecture session which was complemented by a 2.5-hour lab session where students put some of the concepts learned in practice by using SIMSIDES simulator for the design of basic sigma-delta architectures.
This course was supported by the Spanish Chapter of IEEE-CASS and locally organized by Prof. Arantxa Otín, as part of the telecommunication engineering master program at the University of Zaragoza. The picture shows Prof. de la Rosa together with local organizers and the students attending the course.
Title: Sigma-Delta Converters: Systematic Design from Systems to Chip and Application to Software Defined Radio
This course presents a systematic, comprehensive and practical description of high-performance Sigma-Delta Converters (ΣΔCs), their state-of-the-art architectures, circuit techniques, analysis and synthesis methods and CAD tools, as well as their practical design considerations − going from system-level specifications to silicon integration, prototyping, and measurements. A number of case studies and examples are given, covering the whole design flow of ΣΔ ADCs, and putting emphasis on their application to Software Define Radio (SDR) and RF-to-digital conversion. Although the course focuses on ΣΔ converters, the practical recipes and design procedures described in the course can be extended and applied to the design of other kinds of data converters.