Wireless IC Design


CMPE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Electronic Design and Applications

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Prerequisites: ECE 4430

Corequisites: None.

Catalog Description

Wireless system specifications are translated to architectures and building
blocks compatible with silicon technology. The course focuses on the
analysis and design of these blocks.

Course Outcomes

Not Applicable

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. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( Not Applicable ) 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. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( Not Applicable ) 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. ( Not Applicable ) 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. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Not Applicable

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

1.) Introduction
Comparison with analog and digital design>
CMOS and Bipolar technology for RF
2.) Background for RF IC Design Design
RF viewpoints
Wireless specifications
3.) RF Transceiver Architectures
Homodyne/Direct Conversion
4.) Low Noise Amplifiers
LNA tradeoffs, requirements
MOSFET noise at RF
DECT example
5.) Frequency Synthesizers
Principles of oscillation
Types of oscillators
Phase noise
Phase lock loops
Frequency control
6.) Mixers
Upconversion and downconversion
Mixer fundamentals and characterization
Image rejection
Upconversion mixer circuits
Downconversion mixer circuits
Phase shifters
7.) RF Filters
Requirements and approaches
Continuous time RF filters
OTA-C filters
Current mode filters
Tuning methods
Future requirements
8.) Analog-Digital and Digital-Analog Converters
Particular requirements for IF A/D and D/A converters
A/D converters, D/A converters
9.) Power Amplifiers
Approaches-Direct synthesis (digital)