Besser Course: mmWave RFIC and MMIC Design Techniques

Feb 28, 2018 to Mar 2, 2018
Event location: 
San Diego, CA

The successful design of millimeter wave (mmWave) MMICs)  and RFICs is the result of a disciplined design approach. This three-day course covers, in detail, 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 broadband amplifiers
  • Design mmWave MMIC power amplifiers 
  • 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