following new courses were taught in Fall 2005 and Spring 2006
respectively. A senior-level undergraduate course on IC design for
communication applications will be introduced in the spring of 2007.
Introductory Graduate Course: Radio Frequency
Integrated Circuit Design
This is a graduate level course that discusses the design
and analysis of RF and analog ICs. Course contents include a
description of noise and distortion in devices and circuits; biasing
techniques including voltage references, current sources and biasing
for low-noise applications; amplifier design techniques for low noise,
variable gain, high output power and high dynamic range; integrated
mixers and other frequency converters; rectifier circuits; and
integrated oscillators for generating fixed and variable frequencies.
Relevant performance metrics and trade-offs are discussed. The
optimization of designs for specific processes is also addressed, using
examples of implementations in bipolar and CMOS technologies.
This is an advanced
graduate level course that addresses design and implementation issues
in transceiver architectures for wireless applications at the RF/analog
and mixed-signal levels. The course begins with an introduction to
impairments in physical layers such as noise and distortion. An
overview of specialized circuits employed in wireless systems and their
relevant metrics is provided. The discussion includes a description of
transceivers from RF to baseband and PLL architectures. The emphasis is
on integrated solutions in CMOS/Bipolar/BiCMOS technologies.
This covers popular implementations such as direct-conversion, low-IF,
heterodyne and polar. Choice of architectures, technology trade-offs
and partitioning issues between analog and digital sections are
considered. The discussion uses case studies from cellular
(GSM, WCDMA) and wireless data systems (WLAN, UWB).