ECE Course Outline

ECE6420

Wireless IC Design (3-0-3)

Prerequisites
ECE 4430
Corequisites
None
Catalog Description
Wireless system specifications are translated to architectures and building blocks compatible with silicon technology. The course focuses on the analysis and design of these blocks.
Textbook(s)
Laskar, Matinpour, and Chakraborty, Modern Receiver Front-Ends: Systems, Circuits, and Integration, Wiley-Interscience, 2004. ISBN 9780471225911 (required)

Topical Outline
1.)    Introduction
                Objectives
                Overview
                Comparison with analog and digital design>                
                CMOS and Bipolar technology for RF
2.)    Background for RF IC Design Design
                Acronyms
                Applications
                RF viewpoints
                Definitions
                Wireless specifications
3.)    RF Transceiver Architectures
                Superhetrodyne
                Homodyne/Direct Conversion
4.)    Low Noise Amplifiers
                LNA tradeoffs, requirements
                MOSFET noise at RF
                Matching
                Inductors
                DECT example
5.)    Frequency Synthesizers
                Principles of oscillation
                Types of oscillators
                Phase noise
                Phase lock loops
                Frequency control
                Examples
6.)    Mixers
                Upconversion and downconversion
                Mixer fundamentals and characterization
                Image rejection
                Upconversion mixer circuits
                Downconversion mixer circuits
                Phase shifters
                Subsampling
7.)    RF Filters
                Requirements and approaches
                Continuous time RF filters
                OTA-C filters
                Current mode filters
                Tuning methods
                Future requirements
8.)    Analog-Digital and Digital-Analog Converters
                Particular requirements for IF A/D and D/A converters
                A/D converters, D/A converters
9.)    Power Amplifiers
                Requirements
                Approaches-Direct synthesis (digital)
                Examples