CEI-Europe Course: RF and Microwave Circuit Design: Applications and Theory

Apr 23, 2018 to Apr 27, 2018
Event location: 
Amersfoort, The Netherlands

This course focuses on the design of discrete RF and microwave circuits and presents classical microwave design techniques and examples of integrated circuits to compare the two worlds. As CMOS design continues to extend even beyond Ka-band frequencies, many of the classical microwave design insights and techniques are being lost. For instance, the use of a source inductor in a CMOS low-noise amplifier stage is widespread for simultaneously improving gain and noise match - but why?

Impedance matching, device modeling, circuit stability, power output, distortion, power combining, and component losses and parasitics are all examined, using state-of-the-art, low-voltage transistors. These concepts are illustrated in a number of applications such as small-signal, large-signal, low-noise, and feedback amplifiers with discrete transistors. Low-noise design considerations are also introduced, using CAD modeling of reactive and resistive types of applications. Reflecting its importance as a fundamental building block of most systems, amplifier design is treated exhaustively, using both small-signal S-parameter methodologies (for noise, gain, and matching) and large-signal models (for power and distortion).

Oscillators and mixers are also designed to meet demanding system requirements. The course first provides a simple explanation of the fundamental operating principles of these components and then illustrates the theory through practice. The importance of modeling parasitic elements that arise in design or when interconnecting components at high frequencies is explained. NI AWR Design Environment software will be used during the class.

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