Fall 2005
18-723 RFIC Design and Implementation


(Handout & homework download)

Cadence Tools


Course Information


Mon. & Wed. 2:30 to 4:20 pm in Porter 22A

Web Page   http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~ece723

Prof. C. Patrick Yue

Email, URL   cpyue@ece.cmu.edu, www.ece.cmu.edu/~cpyue
Office, Phone   Roberts Hall 338, 412-268-4994
Office Hours   Mon. & Tue. 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Peter Dong Hun Shin

Email   dhshin@ece.cmu.edu
Office, Phone   Hamerschlag 2135, 412-268-5237
Office Hours   Wed. & Fri. 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Admin. Assistant  

Nancy Dean

Email   ndean@ece.cmu.edu
Office, Phone   Roberts Hall 330, 412-268-5208

Course Description

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.


  • REQUIRED: Thomas H. Lee, The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits (First or Second Edition), Cambridge University Press.
  • OPTIONAL: Behzad Razavi, RF Microelectronic, Prentice Hall, 1998.


  • Strong fundation in analog integrated circuit design (18-523)
  • Strong fundation in basic circuit analysis techniqes (18-321 and 18-322)
  • Solid understanding of semiconductor device properties (MOSFET and BJT) (18-311)
  • Familiar with using Cadence simulation tool, e.g. Analog Artisit and Spectre.