RF Integrated Circuit Design

EC ENGR X 457.25

Learn the design of radio-frequency integrated circuits used for wireless communications. This class focuses on theoretical and practical RF circuit design techniques from architecture down to transistor level circuit design.

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What you can learn.

  • Learn design of radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs)
  • Understand fundamental concepts in RF design, harmonic distortion, noise, impedance transformation, Smith-Chats, and s-parameters
  • Study transceiver architectures and low noise amplifier design
  • Master RF power amplifiers, phase-locked loops, and oscillators
  • Design projects in which a low noise amplifier is designed and characterized through simulations

About this course:

This course covers the design of radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) used for wireless communications, and it focuses on theoretical and practical RF circuit design techniques from architecture down to transistor level circuit design. The course starts with fundamental concepts in RF design, harmonic distortion, noise, impedance transformation, Smith-Charts, and s-parameters, then introduces transceiver architectures and focuses on low noise amplifier design. Next, lectures cover RF power amplifiers, phase-locked loops, and oscillators. The course concludes with a design project in which a low noise amplifier is designed and characterized through simulations. Special emphasis is made throughout the course on understanding the device and interconnects parasitics, the power distribution impedance effects, the fabrication technology limitations, and the implementation of efficient techniques to mitigate these effects used for wireless communications, and it focuses on theoretical and practical RF circuit design techniques from architecture down to transistor level circuit design.

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