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FIL3237 Electronic System Design 7.5 credits

The course treats different aspects of printed circuit boards in electronic system design with the aim that the PhD student should learn to design, simulate and assemble an electronic system.

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For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus FIL3237 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

Lectures, computer labs, and practical exercises. Oral exam.

Course contents

  • Evolution of Electronic Systems from Chips to Cabinets
  • Printed Circuit Board-Manufacturing and Design
  • High Speed & High Frequency Performance: Trace , Via Hole, Connector, Bonding Wire, and Package
  • System Noise and Noise Budget Design
  • Digital Signal Integrity in High-Speed Electronic Systems
  • Power Supply Noise and System Grounding
  • Power Distribution System and Decoupling Allocation
  • EMC/EMI Fundamentals in Electronic Systems
  • EMC/EMI: Common Mode Radiation and Shielding
  • RF and Microwave Design Fundamentals
  • ESD and Electrical Safety
  • Thermal Management
  • Specific environments: Space Electronics and Medical Electronics
  • Sustainability and Environmental Aspects
  • Soldering and use of KiCAD

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students should be able to:

  • Explain and apply basic principles and guidelines of physical architecture design for complex electronic systems, from printed circuits board (PCB) level to higher levels.
  • Design PCB's with consideration of signal integrity and impedance matching.
  • Analyze and budget the system noise.
  • Design power distribution and analyze power supply related noises.
  • Design impedance matching network for RF electronic systems.
  • Analyze the influence of interconnects at different levels on electronic system performance.
  • Analyze EMC/EMI in electronic systems.
  • Model the performance of electronic system.
  • Discuss sustainability aspects of electronics system design.
  • Assemble a PCB with surface mounted and through hole components.
  • Design PCB's with consideration of signal integrity and impedance matching.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Enrolled as PhD student at KTH.

Recommended prerequisites

Masters degree in electrical engineering or equivalent, especially courses  in electronic circuit theory and electromagnetic field theory.


Soldering equipment


Parts of several different textbooks are used in this course. All are available electronically in KTHB.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • EXA1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Oral examination.

Other requirements for final grade

Oral exam and laboratory exercises are required for a passing grade in the course.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Carl-Mikael Zetterling (

Supplementary information

The PhD student is encouraged to apply the practical parts in their research.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Electronics and Embedded Systems