18-723: RF IC Design and Implementation

Units: 12

This course covers the design and analysis of radio-frequency integrated systems at the transistor level using state-of-the-art CMOS and bipolar technologies. It focuses on system-level trade-offs in transceiver design, practical RF circuit techniques, and physical understanding for device parasitics. Accurate models for active devices, passive components, and interconnect parasitics are critical for predicting high-frequency analog circuit behavior and will be examined in detail.

The course will start with fundamental concepts in wireless system design and their impact on design trade-offs in different transceiver architectures. Following that, RF transistor model passive matching networks will be discussed. Noise analysis and low-noise amplifier design are studied next. The effects of nonlinearity are treated along with mixer design techniques. Practical bias circuit for RF design will be illustrated. Then, the importance of phase noise and VCO design will be considered together. The course will conclude with a brief study of frequency synthesizer and power amplifier design.

4 hrs. lec.

Prerequisites: 18623 or 18421 and senior or graduate standing.


Circuits, Circuits


Last modified on 2006-04-14


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Current session:

This course is currently being offered.

Past semesters:

F13, S13, S12, S11, S10, S09, S08, S07, F06, F05, S05, S04, S03, S02, S01, S00, S99, S98