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EEC132B – Rf And Microwaves In Wireless Communication II

5 units – Winter Quarter

Lecture: 3 hours

Laboratory: 3 hours

Discussion: 1 hour

Prerequisites: EEC 132A

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Passive RF and microwave device analysis, design, fabrication, and testing for wireless applications. RF and microwave filter and coupler design. Introductory analysis and design of RF and microwave transistor amplifiers.

Expanded Course Description:

  1. Passive RF and Microwave Devices and Circuits – Part I
    1. Introduction to RF and Microwave Filters
      1. The insertion loss technique
        1. maximally flat and equiripple power loss specifications
        2. g parameters
        3. transmission line filter design
        4. computer-oriented design
      2. Exact design of TEM Line filters
        1. Kuroda’s identites
        2. coupled line filters
  2. Passive RF and Microwave Devices and Circuits – Part II
    1. Analysis and Design of Directional Couples
      1. General Properties
        1. scattering matrix analysis
        2. directivity, coupling, losses
      2. Waveguide couple realizations
      3. Stripline coupler realizations
        1. coupled stripline analysis –  odd and even numbers
        2. broadbanding techniques
        3. computer oriented design techniques
    2. Hybrid Junctions
  3. Active High Frequency Devices
    1. linear Amplification at high Frequencies
      1. microwave transistors
    2. Introductory high frequency amplifier design
      1. design using scattering parameters
    3. Negative resistance amplifiers
      1. negative resistance devices
      2. reflection amplifiers

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. The design and fabrication of passive microwave integrated circuits (MIC) to include microstrip transmission lines and impedance transformers to operate over the frequency range between 2 and 12 GHz. MIC projects involve the study and application of the HP8510C microwave network analyzer to circuit design and test.
  2. Coupled line microstrip device design and fabrication to include microstrip directional couplers.
  3. Coupled line filters. All microwave device measurements are performed on the HP8510 automatic network analyzer.

Computer Usage:

Analysis and design based on use of “Touchstone” and in-house programs.


  1. D. Pozar, Microwave Engineering, Wiley.

Engineering Design Statement:

The course teaches design and synthesis of RF components including lowpass RF filters, directional couples and bandpass RF filters utilizing microstrip media. Introductory analysis and design of dielectric resonator based components. Corresponding laboratory projects are given.

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 and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data B
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 identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems E
An ability to communicate effectively G
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K


Professional Component:

Engineering Depth, Laboratory, Project

Engineering Science: 2 credits
Engineering Design: 3 credits