Besser Course: mmWave RFIC and MMIC Design Techniques

Aug 23, 2017 to Aug 25, 2017
Event location: 
San Jose, CA

The successful design of mmWave MMICs and RFICs is the result of a disciplined design approach. This detailed three-day course covers the theory and practical strategies required to achieve first-pass design success. Specifically, the course covers the implementation of mmWave circuits on SiGe, GaAs, InP, and GaN substrates, including instruction on processing, masks, simulation, layout, design-rule checking, packaging, and testing. Numerous design examples are provided with emphasis on increasing yield and reliability.

Upon completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the advantages and limitations of MMIC designs
  • Take advantage of the inherent benefits of MMICs over hybrid circuits
  • Account for the parasitics of the active device
  • Design biasing networks for active circuits
  • Design a broadband amplifier
  • Design MMIC power amplifiers at mmWave
  • Test and detect odd- and even-mode instabilities
  • Improve the yield of MMIC chips
  • Calculate the lifetime of MMIC chips in packaged and unpackaged assemblies

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Course Equipment/Hardware:

  • It is preferred that you bring your own laptop. 
  • Special note: 64-bit PCs are required to run the software. 
  • Software, licenses, and required training materials will be provided during the class.