This article describes some recent research results from the IC Design group of the University of Twente, located in Enschede, The Netherlands. Our research focuses on analog CMOS circuit design with emphasis on high frequency and broadband circuits. With the trend of system integration in mind, we try to develop new circuit techniques that enable the next steps in system integration in nanometer CMOS technology. Our research funding comes from industry, as well as from governmental organizations. We aim to find fundamental solutions for practical problems of integrated circuits realized in industrial Silicon technologies. CMOS IC technology is dictated by optimal cost and performance of digital circuits and is certainly not optimized for nice analog behavior. As analog designers, we do not have the illusion to be able to change the CMOS technology, so we have to "live with it" and solve the problems by design. In this article several examples will be shown, where problematic analog behavior, such as noise and distortion, can be tackled with new circuit design techniques. These circuit techniques are developed in such a way that they do benefit from the modern technology and thus enable further integration. This way we can improve various analog building blocks for wireless, wire-line and optical communication. Below some examples are given.