14:332:464 RF Integrated Circuit Design

Course catalog description: Basic concepts in RF design, analysis and design of RF circuits used in modern wireless systems 

Credits and contact hours: 3 credits; 1 hour and 20-minute session twice a week, every week

Pre-Requisite courses: 14:332:361, 14:332:463 

Co-Requisite courses: None

Topics Covered:

  • Basic Concepts in RF Design, Dynamic Range, Linearity, Noise Analysis, Scattering Parameters 
  • Modern IC technologies (SiGe, CMOS), fundamental limitation of speed of transistors, Physics of Noise 
  • Communication Concepts: Analog/Digital Modulation, Multiple Access Techniques 
  • Transceiver Architectures, Heterodyne/Direct Conversion/Low-IF Receivers 
  • Impedance Matching, RF Filters 
  • Low Noise Amplifiers 
  • Passive and Active Mixers 
  • Oscillators, Basic Principles, Cross-Coupled, VCO, Phase Noise 
  • RF Passive Components 
  • Silicon-based receivers, Layout consideration, Packaging Issues 
  • PLL 

Textbook: RF Microelectronics, by Behzad Razavi, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 978-0137134731 

Other supplemental material: The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, by Thomas H. Lee, ISBN: 978-0521835398