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EEE6374 Radio Frequency Circuits and Systems

Instructor: Prof. Jenshan Lin

There have been several inquiries about this course. The following information provides the answers.

  • The course will be offered online through EDGE program. Currently scheduled in every Spring semester.
  • Course description on Graduate Catalog and EDGE might not be up to date. Please see the syllabus for updated information.
  • VLSI is not the prerequisite. As long as you are enthusiastic of learning RF systems, welcome to take the course.
  • The course is about system level design and the effect on circuit specifications, not transistor level circuit design. Here is the description of the course:

    Many RFIC designers designed the circuits without knowing where the specifications came from and how they were defined. As a result, many of the wireless systems put together by system engineers were not optimized. First, when integrating various building blocks to put together a system, a system engineer usually gives more stringent specifications to circuit designers to ensure significant safety margins. This often results in more power consumption and higher cost. Second, such systems often miss the best performance that could have been achieved.

    As RFIC design evolves from component-level building blocks to system-level integration, the job functions of RFIC designer and RF system designer will merge. Therefore, it is crucial to train future RFIC designers with system-level knowledge, and let RF system designers learn the limitation of RF components such as RFICs.

    This graduate-level course was developed to bridge the gap between RFIC design and RF system design. It covers a wide range of RF system aspects including wireless communication standards, government regulations, antennas, RF propagation, transceiver architectures, RF specifications, and hardware integration technologies. In particular, it links RFIC design specifications and system requirements defined in wireless standards. In addition to learning the tradeoffs among different transceiver architectures and an overall picture of RFIC and wireless communication systems, one of the course objectives is to let students learn how to derive RFIC specifications from wireless communication standards. A reference design is used as an example. To let students have a chance to practice and understand the subjects learned in the course, a wireless system design and simulation project using computer-aided design tools is assigned.

    Whether it is system-on-chip or system-in-package approach, the trend of RF design is moving from component-level design to integrated system design. This course prepares the students to take on the new challenge.

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