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Designing CMOS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) | EMBD.X418


The Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) is one of the core technologies that allowed wireless Internet to become a commodity today. Almost all portable computers, mobile devices or RF ID tags incorporate RFIC. This course addresses both the theoretical and practical aspects of CMOS RFIC circuit design. It is intended for IC designers interested in wireless technologies.

The course begins with a review of the CMOS transistor model and RLC network. It introduces the concepts of impedance matching, two-port noise, and linearity. The instructor provides in-depth explanations of the design and analysis of low-noise amplifiers, mixers, voltage-controlled oscillators, and synthesizers. To reinforce the knowledge gained in this course, the instructor guides students in designing major transceiver blocks. Design trade-offs in radio architectures are also addressed.

Instruction covers everything from basic concepts to practical circuit design, and the design project affords students experience designing functional blocks in a wireless transceiver. They will also learn the various radio architectures and consider the trade-offs between them.

Topics include:

  • Passive RLC networks and impedance matching
  • Radio architectures
  • Noise in electronic circuits
  • Low-noise amplifier design
  • Mixer design
  • Oscillator and synthesizer design

Skills Needed: Familiariy with circuit analysis and small-signal models; and have prior experience with a circuit simulator.
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