All further course information, course notes, assignments, will be provided through cuLearn, so all students will be required to have access to it. More information is provided below.
Last partially updated: Jan, 2018
Carleton University, Mon Wed, 13:05-14:25, ME 3356
January 8 - April 9 2017, (Break Week February 19-23)
This course is for IC designers who would like to become familiar
with the design of integrated radio front-end circuits. The first
part of the course deals with general topics such as impedance
matching, noise, linearity, stability, the use of simulators,
and layout consideration. The second part of the course deals
with detailed design of some radio front-end circuits, such as low-noise
amplifiers, mixers, voltage-controlled oscillators and power
General Discussion: link budgets,
filtering considerations, matching, use of Smith
Charts, intermodulation, intercept points (IP3), compression,
noise figure, sources of noise, stability, simulation issues,
packaging, printed circuit boards; layout concerns
such as isolation, coupling, matching, parasitics, shielding;
components such as transistors, capacitors, resistors, inductors,
Mixer Design: Gilbert cell, use
of inductors and baluns, balanced, doubly balanced, single-sideband,
image-reject mixers, noise, linearity, signal levels, conversion
gain, frequency response, feedthroughs, power dissipation,
simulation issues, passive mixers, subsampling mixers.
VCO Design: types, resonators,
varactors, phase noise, signal levels, frequency,
tuning methods and tuning range, startup time, frequency
switching speed, isolation from other circuits, injection
locking, power dissipation, simulation issues
Power Amplifier Design: different
classes, efficiencies, output power, power control, packaging
issues, simulation issues, linearization.
Examples: from research and literature
Marks will be based on four assignments worth 70% and a final exam,
worth 30% of the final mark.
Assignments involve design of an
LNA, a mixer, a VCO, and a power amplifier, through simulation
using a commercial process and SpectreRF from Cadence. Assignments will be submitted online via cuLearn.
Access to tools, Licenses, NDA:
Once registered, students from Carleton will already have access to the course on cuLearn and will have a cmail.carleton.ca account. Students from U. Ottawa will need to go through an extra step to create a MyCarletonOne account. cuLearn. For all students, running software tools will require obtaining the appopriate doe account, have access to the licence to run simulation tools, and have signed an NDA to access the technology.
SpectreRF tutorial and further information The process
we are using is proprietary. We have permission to use it for
the course, provided students sign a non-disclosure agreement.
However, we are not allowed to post any information on public
web sites, so all information will be given in class and on private sites, e.g, cuLearn, and some information may be further password protected.
John Rogers and Calvin Plett, Radio Frequency Integrated
Circuit Design, Second Edition, Artech House, 2010, ISBN
978-1-60783-979-8 Available from the publishers at US$175,
and elsewhere, (often at lower price elsewhere). Likely your
best price will be if you get it as part of the course from the
course instructor at cost price - but still quite expensive due to the unfavourable exchange rate.
Sorin Voinigescu, High-Frequency Integrated Circuits,
Cambridge University Press, 2013, ISBN 9780521873024
Behzad Razavi, RF Microelectronics", second ed.,
Prentice-Hall 2011, ISBN 0137134738,
Thomas H. Lee, The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency
Integrated Circuits, "second edition, Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Steve Cripps, Rf Power Amplifiers For Wireless
Communications, second ed. Artech House 2006. ISBN 978-1596930186
Gonzalez, Microwave Transistor Amplifiers, Second
Edition, Prentice-Hall 1997.
Registration for Special Students: *** verified in a previous year - probably still very similar ***
Register as a special student by filling out the special student form and bringing it and supporting documents to the registrar's office in TB 300 - the form is available on line or at the registrar's office. If you have previously been a student at Carleton, your previous student number will be reactivated. If you have never been a student at Carleton you will be issued a new number. This might take a few days.
Then, you need to get permission from the instructor teaching the course - typically they will decide based on two factors:
The first factor is your background, so please provide information to the instructor about your prior schooling and your approximate grades.
The second factor is the current course enrollment, noting that full or part-time students will get priority. Since enrollment may not be known until the first class, it is possible that this permission will be delayed.
If approved, the instructor will send an email to one of the DOE administrators (Anna or Blazenka) and they will open a spot for the student.
After this, the student can register using Carleton Central