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EEC132C – RF and Microwaves in Wireless Communications III

5 units – Spring Quarter

Lecture: 3 hours

Laboratory: 3 hours

Discussion: 1 hour

Prerequisite: EEC 132B

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

RF and microwave amplifier theory and design, including transistor circuit models, stability considerations, noise models and low noise design. Theory and design of microwave transistor oscillators and mixers. Wireless system design and analysis.

Expanded Course Description:

  1. Review of RF/Microwave Systems for Wireless Communications
  2. Microwave Amplifiers
    1. Circuit models for microwave transistor characteristics
    2. Transistor parameters
      1. Measurement and modeling of microwave transistor characteristic
    3. Stability and amplifier design
    4. Design using scattering parameters
      1. Narrow band design
        1. Design and fabrication of a narrow band low noise microwave transistor
      2. Low Noise Design
        1. Noise in two ports
        2. Noise Figure
        3. Optimum Design
      3. Wide band Design
  3. RF and Microwave Oscillators
    1. One port negative resistance oscillators
    2. Two port negative resistance oscillators
    3. Oscillator configuration
  4. Microwave Mixers
  5. Wireless Systems and Propagation Phenomena

Laboratory Projects:

RF/Microwave transistor characterization (linear and nonlinear), microwave transistor amplifier design, fabrication and testing. Computer-aided using ADS. Mixer Analysis. Microwave transistor oscillator design, fabrication and testing.


  1. G. Vendelin, A.Pavio, and U. Rohde, Microwave Circuit Design Using Linear and Nonlinear Technique, Wiley-Interscience.

Engineering Design Statement:

This course teaches design and synthesis of RF components including RF and microwave transistors, and RF and microwave oscillators. Corresponding laboratory design projects are assigned.

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 identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems E
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