Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Electrical Engineering

Solid State Circuits

Fall 2011 Schedule


6.301 is analog circuit analysis and design. We cover the tools and methods necessary for the creative design of useful circuits using active devices. The class stresses insight and intuition, applied to the design of transistor circuits and the estimation of their performance. We concentrate on circuits using the bipolar junction transistor, but the techniques that we study can be equally applied to circuits using JFETs, MOSFETs, MESFETs, future exotic devices, or even vacuum tubes.

Course Content

Transistor circuits from the single-transistor common-emitter amplifier to op amps, multipliers, references, and high speed logic. High-frequency analysis and design techniques. Open-circuit time constants, op amps, transimpedance amps, translinear circuits, bandgap references, and the charge control model.

Circuit examples from commerical products including the uA733 video amp, the LM172 AGC AM IF strip, the uA741 internally compensated op amp, the LM101 externally compensated op amp, the LM118 high-speed op amp, the LF155 jfet op amp, the OP07 low-offset op amp, the TL081 jfet op amp, the LM108 super-beta op amp, the 7805 voltage regulator, the LH0091 RMS-to-DC converter, the LM1496 multiplier, the AD532 multiplier, and many others.

Datasheets shamelessly stolen from National Semiconductor, Analog Devices, and Texas Instruments.


You will have two or three laboratory projects during the term. You will analyze, build, and test several circuits of your own design. We believe real laboratory experience is extremely important for truly learning the art of design. Some previous laboratory work (the use of function generators and oscilloscopes) is assumed.

Prerequisites: 6.012 and 6.003

6.301 uses the semiconductor physics and transistor circuit models developed in 6.012 for the analysis and design of transistor circuits. Thus 6.012 is the official prerequisite. However, permission is sometimes granted to certain highly self-motivated students to substitute 6.101, take 6.012 as a corequisite, or simply take 6.301 without 6.012. Consult the staff for details.

Suggested reading: "All you really need to know about device physics to take 6.301."

Since 6.003 is a corequisite for 6.012, it is also a necessary prerequisite for 6.301. We will make extensive use of Bode plots, Laplace transforms, circuit transfer functions, and complex-impedance methods.


  1. Kent H. Lundberg. Become One with the Transistor. Unpublished, 2019. (Required.)
  2. Robert A. Pease. Troubleshooting Analog Circuits. Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston, 1991. (Strongly recommended.)
  3. Paul R. Gray, Paul J. Hurst, Stephen H. Lewis, and Robert G. Meyer. Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits (fourth edition). Wiley, New York, 2001. (Strongly recommended.)
  4. Alan B. Grebene. Bipolar and MOS Analog Integrated Circuit Design. Wiley, New York, 1984. (Recommended, now in inexpensive paperback.)
  5. Paul E. Gray and Campbell L. Searle. Electronic Principles: Physics, Models, and Circuits. Wiley, New York, 1969. (Out of print, but still suggested.)
Note that books 3 and 5 have different first authors. Paul R. Gray (aka Evil Paul Gray) was Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of UC Berkeley. Paul E. Gray (aka Good Paul Gray) was the former president and chairman of MIT.

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