Advanced Topics in Computer Engineering - RF and High-speed Circuits and Systems
The course covers topics related to design of high-frequency and high-speed circuits, both at the transistor and system-level, with emphasis on design of modern RF and wireless communication ICs. The topics covered are basic RF design concepts, modern integrated circuit technologies (such as SiGe and CMOS), fundamental limitations of speed of operation of transistors, high-frequency and wideband amplifiers, low-noise amplifiers, concepts of impedance matching, physics of noise, frequency-translational circuits such as mixers, oscillators and phase noise, frequency-synthesis and phase-locked loops.
Sample reading list:
Thomas H. Lee, Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits
Behzad Razavi, RF Microelectronics, Prentice Hall, 2nd Ed. 2012
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 25%
Design Project - 30%
Problem set(s) - 25%
Not Open to Freshmen.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Basic understanding of semiconductor devices, analog circuits, electromagnetism and Fourier and Laplace analysis..
The understanding of these fundamental concepts will enable students to apply the techniques to a wide range of recent advancements in high-speed wireless and optical communication as well as emerging areas in biomedical electronics.
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