- Departments / Centres
Characteristics of passive IC components at RF frequencies – interconnects, resistors, capacitors, inductors and transformers – Transmission lines. Noise – classical two-port noise theory, noise models for active and passive components
High frequency amplifier design – zeros as bandwidth enhancers, shunt-series amplifier, f doublers neutralization and unilateralization.
Low noise amplifier design – LNA topologies, power constrained noise optimization, linearity and large signal performance
Mixers – multiplier-based mixers, subsampling mixers, diode-ring mixers
RF power amplifiers – Class A, AB, B, C, D, E and F amplifiers, modulation of power amplifiers, linearity considerations
Oscillators & synthesizers – describing functions, resonators, negative resistance oscillators, synthesis with static moduli, synthesis with dithering moduli, combination synthesizers – phase noise considerations.
1. T.homas H. Lee, “The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits”, 2nd ed., Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
2. B.Razavi, “RF Microelectronics”,2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, 1998.
1. A.A. Abidi, P.R. Gray, and R.G. Meyer, eds., “Integrated Circuits for Wireless Communications”, New York: IEEE Press, 1999.
2. R. Ludwig and P. Bretchko, “RF Circuit Design, Theory and Applications”, Pearson, 2000.
3. Mattuck,A., “Introduction to Analysis”, Prentice-Hall,1998.
Students are able to
CO1: understand the Noise models for passive components and noise theory
CO2: analyse the design of a high frequency amplifier
CO3: appreciate the different LNA topologies & design techniques
CO4: distinguish between different types of mixers
CO5: analyse the various types of synthesizers, oscillators and their characteristics.