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ECE Course Syllabus

ECE4415 Course Syllabus


RF Engineering I (3-0-0-3)

CMPE Degree
This course is Elective for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree
This course is Elective for the EE degree.

Lab Hours
0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours

Course Coordinator
Kenney,James Stevenson

ECE3025 [min C] and ECE3050/3400


Catalog Description
Radio frequency (RF) electronics concentrating on receiver components and architecture from 1 MHz to 1 GHz, including Smith charts, low noise amplifiers, and mixers.

Guillermo Gonzalez, Microwave Transistor Amplifiers Analysis and Design (2nd edition), Prentice Hall, 1997. ISBN 0132543354, ISBN 9780132543354 (required)

Thomas H. Lee, Planar Microwave Engineering, Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN 0521835267 (required)

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Design matching networks using the Smith chart
  2. Model transistors for small-signal operation
  3. Analyze noise contribution from components
  4. Design, simulate, fabricate and test a multi-stage LNA
  5. Design, simulate, fabricate and test a double-balanced mixer

Student Outcomes
In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.
  1. ( P ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. ( LN ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. ( LN ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. ( LN ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. ( P ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. ( P ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. ( LN ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Topical Outline
  Analog vs. RF Engineering
  Systems and Circuits
  High Frequency Measurements
Circuit Fundamentals
  Sources and Available Power
  Balanced (Differential) vs. Unbalanced (Single-ended) Networks
  Y, Z, ABCD, and s-parameter Two-Ports
  Transmission Line Analysis using the Smith Chart
  L/C/T Lossless Matching Network Design
Losses, Resonant Circuits, and Bandwidth
  Practical Limitations of Lumped Element Components
  Planar Transmission Lines and their Limitations
  Resonant Circuits and Quality Factor (Q)
  Bandwidth and Attenuation
  Resistive Attenuators and their Uses
Practical Lumped-Element Filter Design
  Low-Pass and High-Pass Filters
  Bandpass Filters
  Notch Filters
Active Device Modeling
  Hybrid-Pi model at High Frequencies
  Package Models
  s-parameter Models
Amplifier Fundamentals
  Amplifier Topologies
  S-parameter Design of RF Amplifiers
  Gain and Stability Circles
  Power Gain
  Maximum Stable Gain
Noise Analysis
  Noise Mechanisms in Devices
  Noise Factor and Noise Figure
  Noise Models for Active Devices
  Multi-stage (Cascaded) LNA Design
Mixers and Frequency Conversion
  Ideal Frequency Conversion
  Shottky Diodes and Nonlinear Models
  Linear, Time-varying (Switching) Models for Mixers 
  RF Transformers
  Practical Mixer Design