# Introduction Structured Electronic Design#

## Systems engineering and amplifier design#

Basic Design Sequence

Structured design uses a design method that is equal at each hierarchical level of the product design.

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The presentation "Basic Design Sequence" shows the basic sequence of activities that converts a initial requirement for a physical object, at any hierarchical level, into a physical breakdown of sub-assemblies or parts.

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**Video**

Information Processing: Definitions

In structured electronics design, we consider electronic products as information processing systems.

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The presentation "Information processing: definitions " gives the definitions of some basic terms used in information processing.

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Information processing: definitions (parts)

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Information processing, definitions (4:19)

**Study**

Chapter 1.1, 1.2

Shannon: Channel Capacity

The expression for the channel capacity (Shannon 1948) shows us that there are three fundamental limits to the amount of information that can be processed by any real-world system:

noise addition

power limitation

speed limitation

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The presentation "Shannon: Channel Capacity" briefly elucidates this.

**Presentation in parts**

Shannon: Channel Capacity (parts)

**Video**

Fundamental physical limits to information processing (3:45)

Outline of Structured Electronic Design

Although not scientifically proven, we assume that the functional breakdown of information processing systems can be made with a limited number of basic electronic processing and reference functions.

By taking a limited number of functions as starting point for a design, rather than an almost infinite number of known circuits, is one of the keys of structured electronic design.

Functions concepts describe the idealized desired behavior of their real world implementations. The information handling capacity of these

*objects*, however, is limited. This is a result of:Noise addition

The physical limitation of the signal power

The physical limitation of the rate of change of a signal

Imperfect technological implementation of the desired functional behavior (physical operation mechanism)

The performance-to-cost ratio of an implementation can be improved through application of a limited number of

*error reduction techniques*.Orthogonalization of the design process can be obtained by proper sequencing of the design of different performance aspects.

**Presentation**

The presentation "Outline of Structured Electronic design" briefly elucidates the above.

**Presentation in parts**

Outline of Structured Electronic design (parts)

**Video**

Structured Electonic Design (12:27)

**Study**

Chapter 1

The amplification function

Amplification is one of the most important basic electronic information processing functions.

**Presentation**

The presentation Amplification gives a definition of the amplification function and elucidates the amplification mechanism.

**Presentation in parts**

**Video**

The amplification Function (3:35)

**Study**

Chapter 2.1

Amplifiers: performance measures, cost factors and figure of merit

During the design it is important to have some figure of merit for design solutions. Comparison of the figure of merit of different solutions is the basis for taking properly motivated design decisions.

**Presentation**

The presentation Amplifers, performance measures and cost factors gives a general performance measures and costs factors for amplifiers en proposes a figure of merit that can be used throughout the design process.

**Presentation in parts**

Amplifers, performance measures and cost factors

**Video**

Performance measures and cost factors (3:38)

**Study**

Chapter 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.5, 2.1.6

Electronics Design Sequence

**Presentation**

The presentation "Electronics Design Sequence" illustrates the use of basic functions and error reduction techniques in the basic design sequency.

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## Amplifier specification and design#

Amplifiers: functions and requirements (wrap up)

A short wrap up of the amplification function and performance limitations in amplifiers.

**Presentation**

The presentation "Amplifiers, functions and requirements (wrap up)" briefly summarizes the basic function of amplification, characteristic properties of amplifiers and performance aspects, environmental conditions and cost factors.

Amplifiers: basic function design approach

The design approach for basic functions is based upon the:

Definition of the function concept

Discovery of an operating mechanism and associated design parameters

Application of error reduction techniques for improvement of the performance-to-cost ratio

**Presentation**

The presentation "Amplification" briefly summarizes the approach of the design of basic functions, as advocated in structured electronic design.