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RF transceivers 2: design
Electrical Engineering
Organization logo: Eindhoven University of Technology

About this course

• General introduction to RF transceiver circuits • RF design methods and design tools • IC process and devices • RF subcircuits (incl. specs): LNA, PA, mixer, oscillator, filter, additional circuits if interest & time permits. Lecture 1 Introduction, course organization, software description and installation, description on design methods Lecture 2 IC technology description, device design in an IC technology, challenges/assignments presentation Lecture 3 System design and Architecture Lecture 4 RF Low-noise amplifiers (LNA) Lecture 5 RF Power amplifiers (PA) Lecture 6 RF Mixers Lecture 7 RF Oscillators Lecture 8 RF Synthesizers Lecture 9 Lab 1 Lecture 10 Lab 2 Lecture 11 mm-Wave Low noise amplifiers (LNA) Lecture 12 mm-Wave Power amplifiers (PA) Lecture 13 mm-Wave mixers Lecture 14 mm-Wave Oscillators Lecture 15 mm-Wave Synthesizers Lecture 16 Extra lab session, excursion, or a guest lecture (TBD)

Expected learning outcomes

  • Explain the properties of common modern IC technologies and devices and their relation to RF/Millimeter-wave transceiver circuits.

  • Explain and effectively use appropriate RF/Millimeter-wave transceiver circuit design methods.

  • Explain and effectively use advanced CAD tools in the design and verification of RF/Millimeter-wave transceiver circuits.

  • Explain, analyze and design the following RF/Millimeter-wave circuit types using modern IC technology according to predefined specifications: low-noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, mixer, VCO, and filters.


Presentation online

Course requirements

This course assumes that students have an understanding of analog circuit design as it will involve analysis and synthesis of RF and Millimeter-wave circuits. Knowledge on various RF system architectures is not compulsory but recommended.


lectures, presentations, challenges

More information
  • Local course code
  • Study load
    ECTS 5
  • Level
  • Contact hours per week
  • Instructors
    Marion Matters-Kammerer, Peter Baltus, Piyush Kaul
  • Mode of delivery
    Online - at a specific time
  • Course coordinator
If anything remains unclear, please check FAQ page.
  • Start date

    5 February 2024

    • End date
      7 April 2024
    • Main language
    • Apply between
      20 Oct and 24 Nov 2023
    • Time info
      Tuesday 13:30 - 15:30, Thursday 08:45 - 10:45
    Enrolment period closed