EEC222 – RF IC Design
3 units – Winter Quarter
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: EEC 132C, EEC 210
Grading: Letter; three projects (60%), final exam (40%).
Radio frequency (RF) solid-state devices, RF device modeling and design rules; nonlinear RF circuit design techniques; use of nonlinear computer-aided (CAD) tools; RF power amplifier design.
Expanded Course Description:
Students will gain the fundamentals of RF IC design and be familiarized with RF IC design rules and nonlinear computer-aided design tools.
- Overview of high-frequency integrated circuits
- On-chip passive devices: resistors, capacitors and inductors
- High-frequency/high-speed device physics and figures of merit
- Solid-state device modeling and design rules
- Review of small-signal model and extraction techniques
- Large-signal model
- Examples of nonlinear models
- Examples of RF IC design rules and processes
- Nonlinear RF circuit design analysis
- Harmonic balance analysis
- Large-signal, single-tone problems
- Solution algorithms
- Selecting the number of harmonics and time samples
- Generalized harmonic balance analysis
- Circuit envelop analysis
- RF power amplifier design
- Classes of power amplifiers
- Review of linear power amplifier design techniques
- Gain match and power match, matching circuits for power amplifiers
- Introduction to load-pull measurements
- Conventional high-efficiency amplifiers
- Nonlinear effects in RF power amplifiers
- Efficiency enhancements and linearization techniques
- Stephen A. Maas, Nonlinear Microwave Circuits, IEEE Press, New York, 1997.
- Steve C. Cripps, RF Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications, Artech House, Massachusetts, 1999.
- Thomas H. Lee, The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, 1998.
This graduate course covers practical RF circuit-level implementations of functional blocks for RF front-ends, especially transmitters. It exposes the students to RF IC design, nonlinear design techniques, RF power amplifier design, and the transmitter side of a RF front-end. Course 228 and 211 cover noise analysis and some complementary RF circuits such as low-noise amplifiers and receivers without overlap.
Last revised: March 2004