MMICs

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Colorado State University

ECE 536: RF Integrated Circuit Design

 

 

Lecture Notes

Exams

Homework Assignments and Solutions

Reference Materials

Models and Tools

 

 
Welcome to the home page of ECE 536 for Fall 2013. This page provides basic course information and links to related course pages and other web sites. This web site can be reached at http://www.engr.colostate.edu/ECE536/course_info.html.   Please make sure to refresh your browser window as changes to this site are made daily.

Key Announcements and Information:


Objectives:

This course introduces the design of Radio Frequency integrated circuits (RF ICs).   RF IC's have rapidly advanced in both technology and design over the past 15 years to first create and then meet a high demand for cost effective solutions for mobile communication and  ubiquitous access to information.   Applications include wireless communications, active and passive remote sensing, location sensing, radar, and radio astronomy.

 

This course is focused on the key concepts in having rf capability on a chip.   CMOS technology and the ability to incorporate additional elements is emphasized.  Parasitic effects and current device modeling will be explained.  Using this foundation, the design of high-frequency, analog integrated circuits including low noise amplifiers, voltage-controlled oscillators, phase-locked loops, mixers and power amplifiers will be undertaken.   Along with these specific building blocks, the critical concepts of impedance transformation, filtering, and power delivery will be addressed.

Outcomes:

Students successfully completing this course will be able to design and evaluate practical circuits for RF ICs from an intuitive approach based on a rigorous understanding of the fundamentals.  They will have designed and simulated various circuit functions to implement the needs for RF IC used in many of the applications.   They will be able to understand the relationship and limitations of circuit topology, device characteristics to achieving competitive specifications.

Instructor:

Prof. Hugh Grinolds
Office: C201c  Engineering Bldg.; Phone: 970 491 7301
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10:50am to noon or by appointment
E-mail: grinolds@engr.colostate.edu
(use hgrinolds@msn.com for LinkedIn)

Grader:

Instructor grades all work

Credits:

3

Syllabus:

This document and the course topics constitute the syllabus for 2015

Textbook:

B. Razavi, RF Microlelectronics, 2nd Edition (c2012), Prentice-Hall (check the IBSN# 978-0-13-713473-1)

Lectures:

Tuesday and Thursday , 9:30 - 10:45 am, Wagar 107B

Exams:

See Exam web page.


COURSE TOPICS

Topic

Title

 

Reference Material

(Notes or Text)

1

Intro to RF Design

 

Chapt 1

2

MOS Devices, Models and Simulation

 

notes

3

RF Concepts

 

Chapt 2.1 - 2.6

4

Passive Components

 

Chapt 7.1 - 7.3, 7.6

5

Communication Concepts

 

Chapt 3.1, 3.2, 3.6

6

System Considerations for Receivers

 

notes, Chapt 4.1, 4.2, 2.2

7

Noise

 

notes, Chapt 2.3

8

Low Noise Amplifiers

 

Chap 5.1 - 5.3, 5.6, 5.7

9

Receiver Partitioning

 

notes

10

Mixers

 

Chapt 6.1 - 6.4

11

Receiver Design Example

 

notes, Chapt 3.7.5

12

Oscillators

 

Chapt 8.1 - 8.3

13

Modulators

 

notes

14

Power Amplifiers

 

Chapt 12.1 - 12.2


Prerequisites:

ECE 331 & ECE 332 or equivalent 2-semester rigorous transistor-level electronics course.   It is recommended students have passed these courses with more than the minimum performance.

 

 

Homework:

Approximately eight homework sets and review problems will be assigned during the semester (check the Homework Assignments link).   These assignments must be turned in by the indicated due date.  Due to difficulties in providing timely solutions and fairness to all students, late homework will not be corrected nor given credit. 

 

 

Grading:

Students will be evaluated based on homework problems, a written design project, and two exams. A final grade will be calculated based on: Homework 35%, Quiz 15%, Midterm Exam 25% and Final Exam 25%. (Plus/minus grading)

 

 

Software:

Cadence Virtuoso will be used for this course. The programs are accessible from the Linus servers.  All students are responsible for gaining access to these resources.   Engineering Network Services is a resource for access.   More information on the Cadence suite relevant to the course can be found under the Models and Tools link.


Page updated on August 20, 2015

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