Design of Radio-frequency and Microwave Integrated Circuits

Course Description

Introduction. Integrated circuit technology. Modeling of passive and active components. Planar transmission lines: microstrip, slotline and coplanar. Passive circuits: matching networks, filters and directional couplers. PIN-switches, detectors, mixers and frequency multipliers. Small signal and large signal amplifiers. Low noise amplifiers. Power amplifiers. Balanced amplifiers and parallel amplifier operation. RF and microwave oscillators. PLL. Integrated circuits for optical and wireless communication systems.

General Competencies

Understanding of the concepts and techniques used in the design of passive structures, active circuits, principles of operation and physical mechanisms at radio and microwave frequencies. Understanding how to analyse and design circuits at radio and microwave frequencies.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the characteristics and design microstrip, slotline and coplanar transmission lines.
  2. Explain the influence of parasitic components of active and passive elements.
  3. Explain the operation of basic RF and microwave circuits.
  4. Design matching networks.
  5. Design low noise amplifiers.
  6. Design power amplifiers.

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

Lectures

Exams

Mid-term exam and final exam

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Seminar/Project 20 % 60 % 20 % 60 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 20 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 20 % 10 %
Final Exam: Oral 10 %
Exam: Written 20 % 20 %
Exam: Oral 20 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introduction. Integrated circuit technology.
  2. Modelling of passive and active components.
  3. Planar transmission lines: microstrip, slotline and coplanar.
  4. Passive circuits: matching networks, filters and directional couplers.
  5. PIN-switches, detectors.
  6. Amplifiers. Biasing circuits. Low noise amplifiers.
  7. Power amplifiers.
  8. Balanced amplifiers and parallel amplifier operation.
  9. Mixers and frequency multipliers
  10. Mixers and frequency multipliers (2nd part)
  11. RF and microwave oscillators.
  12. PLL - phase lock loop
  13. Optical transceiver circuits: multiplexer, demultiplxer, clock recovery.
  14. Integrated circuits for wireless communication systems.
  15. Tools for RF and microwave design.

Study Programmes

University graduate
Electronics (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)

Literature

David M. Pozar (2005.), Microwave Engineering, 3rd Edition, Wiley
Thomas H. Lee (2004.), The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Cambridge
G. D. Vendelin, A. M. Pavio, U. L. Rohde (1990.), Microwave Circuit Design, Wiley

General

ID 34569
  Winter semester
4 ECTS
L2 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

87 Excellent
75 Very Good
62 Good
50 Acceptable