Besser Course: mmWave RFIC and MMIC Design Techniques

Feb 25, 2019 to Feb 27, 2019
Event location: 
San Diego, CA

The successful design of millimeter wave (mmWave) monolithic microwave integrated circuits (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 mm-Wave 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:

  • Learn 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 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