227-0651-00L  Applied Circuit and PCB-Design

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersA. Blanco Fontao
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 24.


227-0651-00 GSchaltungs- und Leiterplattenentwicklung in der Praxis
Zusatzangebot im dritten Studienjahr: siehe "Besonderes".

The first lesson (Thu February 20th, 2019) will last approx 2 hours: course presentation.

Although not strictly mandatory, attendance is of high importance and will be considered as part of the evaluation criteria. Students not willing to attend regularly to the lectures are not encouraged to register to it.

The deadline for deregistering expires at the end of the second week of the semester. Students who are still registered after that date, but do not attend the course, will fail to get the credits.
4 hrs
Thu08:15-12:00ETZ K 63 »
A. Blanco Fontao

Catalogue data

AbstractParticipants learn how to design a predefined electronic circuit and how to lay out the pertaining circuit board. CAE and CAD activities for design and simulation is carried out with the aid of Altium Designer.
ObjectiveThe goal is to become acquainted with all those practical aspects of electronic circuit and PCB design by working through a modest but complete application example. This involves analysis of specifications, the evaluation of electronic parts, efficient testing and failure search, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), the usage of industrial CAE/CAD tools for circuit simulation and PCB layout, generating production data for the board manufacturer, board mounting, testing and start up.
- Development - from the idea to the final product
- Analysis of given circuit specifications

- Searching the Internet for electronics parts
- Choosing electronic parts: avoiding mistakes

- Setting up the Altium Designer environment

- Structure of component libraries
- Preparing schematic symbols for CAE
- Preparing footprints for CAD
- Linking component libraries and databases

- Introduction to Altium Vault and Supply Chain Management

- Structure of schematic diagrams and circuits
- Assigning schematic functions to physical parts
- Capturing a predefined circuit
- Hints for improved testing and failure analysis

- Checking schematic data
- Simulation of mixed-signal circuits using Spice

- Introduction to PCB manufacturing
- Turning circuit schematics into a workable layout using Altium Designer

- Component placement on the PCB
- Manual and automatic interconnect routing
- Design for EMC and High-Speed

- Preparation of production data for the board manufacturer
- Documentation for manufacturing and assembly
- PCB assembly (component mounting and soldering)
- Final circuit testing and start-up.
LiteratureAll necessary documents will be available as electronic documents (PDF)
Prerequisites / Notice- The course is recommended to all students who plan to design an electronic circuit or a PCB in an upcoming term project or as part of their master thesis. Attending this course during the term before will ensure they are optimally prepared and will allow them to fully focus on their project.

- The number of participants is limited.

- For their own students and staff, the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering provides electronic components and consumables free of charge. All other participants have to bear a 200 CHF fee for those items.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersA. Blanco Fontao
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationVoraussetzung zur Erteilung der ECTS Kreditpunkte und für eine schriftliche Teilnahmebestätigung ist ein erfolgreicher Abschluss des Kurses mit Inbetriebnahme des Kursprojektes. / To receive ECTS credit points and a written confirmation of participation it is required to complete the course project.

Als Leistungskontrolle gilt: Erfolgreiche Ausführung des Kursprojektes mit abschliessender Inbetriebnahme.

Learning materials

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No information on groups available.


Places24 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupElectrical Engin. + Information Technology BSc (228000)
Electrical Engin. + Information Technology MSc (237000)
Doctorate Inform. Tech. & Electrical Engineering (239002)
Doctorate Inform. Tech. & El. Engineering ETH-UZH (241000)
Electrical Engin. + Information Technology (Mob) (249000)
Waiting listuntil 01.03.2020

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Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BachelorAdditional SubjectsWInformation