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EEC132A – RF and Microwaves in Wireless Communication I

5 units – Fall Quarter

Lecture: 3 hours

Laboratory: 3 hours

Discussion: 1 hour

Prerequisites: EEC 110A, EEC 130B

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

The study of Radio Frequency and Microwave theory and practice for design of wireless electronic systems. Transmission lines, microwave integrated circuits, circuit analyis of electromagnetic energy transfer systems, the scattering parameters.

Expanded Course Description:

  1. Wireless Systems and Architectures
    1. Wireless System Fundamentals
    2. Terrestrial Wireless Systems
    3. Satellite Based Systems
    4. Wireless Applications to Defense
  2. Techniques for Energy Transfer in Wireless Systems
    1. Analysis of Solid Conductors
      1. Internal impedance of a plane conductor
      2. Power loss in a plane conductor
      3. Current distribution in a circular wire
      4. Impedance of round wires at high frequencies
    2. Transmission Lines and Waveguides
      1. Transmission line-field analysis, distributed circuit analysis, transmission line parameters, terminated transmission line
      2. Coaxial and two wire lines and parameters
      3. Rectangular and circular waveguides
    3. Microwave Integrated Circuit Lines
      1. Stripline realizations and parameters
      2. Microstripline realizations and components
      3. Coupled lines
  3. Wireless System Circuit Analysis Techniques
    1. Impedance Descriptions of Transmission Line and Waveguide Elements
    2. Two-port Junctions
    3. The Scattering Parameters
    4. Other Useful High Frequency Circuit Descriptions
  4. Passive Circuits and Devices for Wireless Systems
    1. Impedance Transformation and Matching
      1. Impedance matching with reactive elements
      2. Stub matching networks
      3. Quarter wavelength transformers
      4. Binomial and Chebychev transformers
      5. Computer oriented design techniques

Laboratory Projects:

The focus of this part of the course is on the 3 hours of laboratory per week. Students work in groups of two to analyze, test and design microwave devices and systems. The projects include the following:

  1. Slotted line measurement techniques
  2. Waveguide measurements
  3. Measurement and analysis of waveguide components
  4. Cavity resonator theory, measurement and parameter determination

Computer Usage:

Agilent Advanced Design System (ADS) is used for analysis and design of circuits and components.


  1. R. Brown and R. Sharp, Lines, Waves and Fields, Wiley.

Engineering Design Statement:

The course teaches analysis and design of R.F. and microwave components such as various types of microwave transmission lines including microwave integrated circuits. Design of matching networks is covered. Each of these topics is covered in the laboratory assignments where design guidelines are given, but not design details.

Relationship to Outcomes:

Students who have successfully completed this course should have achieved:

Course Outcomes ABET outcomes
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering A
An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability C
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K


Professional Component:

Engineering Depth, Laboratory

Engineering Science: 2 credits
Engineering Design: 3 credits