RFIC Design Course Notes

Linköping University

RF CMOS Transceiver Design

  • Review of integrable transceiver architectures and principles of RF CMOS circuit design.
  • System-level RF front-end design.
  • Circuit design of basic RF CMOS blocks:
    • Low noise amplifiers (LNA)
    • Mixers
    • Oscillators
    • Frequency synthesizers
    • Power amplifier.
  • Review of data converters and baseband processors.


Linköping University

Introductionto RF Front-End Design

The course aims at providing knowledge in RF front-end design in a context of today wireless communication systems. Both system and circuit level perspective will be addressed, supported by modeling and simulation using professional tools.

MIT OpenCourseWare :

High Speed Communication Circuits, Spring 2005

  • Communication Systems Overview
  • Transceiver Architectures
  • Wave Guides and Transmission Lines
  • S-Parameters and Impedance Transformers
  • Generalized Reflection Coefficient, Smith Chart
  • MOS Transistors, Passive Components, Gain-Bandwidth
  •  Issue for Broadband Amplifiers
  • High Frequency Broadband Amplifiers
  • Broadband Amplifiers, Enhancement Techniques for Broadband Amplifiers
  • Narrowband Amplifiers
  • Noise Modeling in Amplifiers, Noise Figure, Impact of Amplifier Nonlinearities
  • Low Noise Amplifiers, LNA Design Examples and Recent Techniques
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillators
  • VCO Examples and Mixers
  • Mixers (cont.)
  • Noise in Voltage Controlled Oscillators
  • ABC’s of Power Amplifiers, Other Classes of Power Amplifiers, Modulation of Power Amplifiers, Linearization Techniques for Power Amplifiers, Adaptive Biasing
  • Overview of Phase-Locked Loops and Integer-N Frequency Synthesizers, Noise in Integer-N and Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizers, Design of Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizers and Bandwidth Extension Techniques
  • Advanced RF Topics
  • RF Transceiver Design Example

Texas A&M University :
Analog and Mixed Signal Group

ELEN 665 – RF Communication Circuits and Systems

  • Introduction and Receiver Considerations
  • Receiver Topologies
  • RF System Level Design Considerations
  • RFMetrics
  • Two-Port S-Parameters
  • Passive RLC circuit properties
  • On Volterra Series ( courtesy of Prof. Peng Li)
  • Low Noise Amplifier Theory and Design: Linearized ones
  • Mixers
  • VCO, Ring Oscillator
  • Frequency Synthesizers
  • Power Amplifiers: Introduction

Berkeley Wireless Research Cente

EECS-242 Advanced integrated circuits for Communications

  • Introduction to Communication Systems
  • IC Technology Review for RF Applications (Active Devices)
  • Passive Devices
  • Passive Devices (cont)
  • S-Parameters
  • Two-Ports
  • RF Amplifier Gain
  • RF Amp Design/Unilateral Gain, Topics: Noise in Two-Ports, BJT and CMOS RF Amplifier Noise .
  • Distortion in Amplifiers
  • Volterra Series Analysis (Optional Reading: Non-Linear System Theory by W. Rugh)
  • High Frequency BJT Distortion
  • MOS Distortion
  • Power Amplifiers (Class A/B/C)
  • High Average-Efficiency Power Amplifier Techniques
  • Class E/F Switching Power Amplifiers
  • Linearization; Impedance Matching;PowerCombiners
  • Mixers
  • Mixer Noise
  • Mixer Design
  • Oscillator Analysis
  • Phase Noise
  • Wideband Building Blocks
  • Receiver Architecture

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