COURSE NAME / NUMBER

ENEL 619.31  

 

TITLE OF COURSE

HOURS

SESSION

YEAR

RF Integrated Circuit Design

H(3-1)

Winter

2010

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

1. DESCRIPTION

 

 

Introduction to Wireless Communication Circuits; CAD Tools for RF Design; Issues in RF IC Design;

Bipolar, CMOS and BICMOS Technologies; Impedance Matching Concepts; Passive Circuit Elements in

Monolithic Circuits; RF IC Building Blocks; Complete Transceiver Design.

 

2. OBJECTIVES

 

  1. To develop an understanding of the basic principle behind modern integrated  wireless communications transceivers.
  2. To become skilled at designing the basic building blocks for fully integrated radio design, including oscillators, low noise amplifiers, mixers, filters, and power amplifiers.
  3. To become proficient at using various computer aided design tools for simulating RF integrated circuit behavior.
  4. To learn the methods of, and become proficient in, hand analysis of analog RF front end receiver circuits, with a view to gaining physical insight into circuit operation.
  5. To learn about the major limitations imposed by monolithic IC design at RF frequencies, for both active and passive devices.
  6. To develop an understanding of the fabrication technology, and how it is progressing as minimum feature sizes decrease with time.

 

 

 

 

3. LECTURES/LABS/TUTORIALS

 

L/B/T

SESSION

DAYS OF

THE WEEK

START

TIME

DURATION/

MINUTES

LOCATION

L01

Winter

TR

10:30

75

ICT 446

Project

Winter

No fixed schedule

 

60 minutes per week

ICT 414

 

4. COURSE INSTRUCTORS

 

LECTURERS:

 

SECTION

NAME

TELEPHONE

OFFICE

EMAIL

L01

Dr. J.W. Haslett

220-5808

ICT 414

haslett@enel.ucalgary.ca

 

 

5.      EXAMINATIONS

 

There will be a midterm and a final examination. All examinations will be closed book with one 8.5x11 inch formula sheet allowed.

 

6. Use of CALCULATORS in Examinations

 

Scientific calculators may be used during examinations.

 

7.  FINAL GRADE DETERMINATION

 

The final grade in ENEL 619.31 will be based on the following components:

 

Quizzes

5

%

Assignments

10

%

Project Report

35

%

Midterm Examination

15

%

Final Examination

35

%

TOTAL

100

%

 

It is not necessary to earn a passing grade on the final exam in order to pass the course as a whole.

 

8.  PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCT

 

The University of Calgary Calendar includes a statement on the Principles of Conduct expected of all members of the University community (including students, faculty, administrators, any category of staff, practicum supervisors and volunteers) whether on or off the University’s property.  This statement applies in all situations where the Members of the University Community are acting in their University capacities.  All Members of the University Community have a responsibility to familiarize themselves with this statement which is available at:

 

http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/2006/how/How_KB.htm

 

9. ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT/PLAGIARISM

 

The University of Calgary Calendar defines plagiarism as:

 

“submitting or presenting work in a course as if it were the student’s own work done expressly for that particular course when, in fact, it is not.”

 

Plagiarism is academic misconduct. Please read the section in the University Calendar on Plagiarism/Cheating/Other Academic Misconduct which is available at:

 

http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/2006/how/How_LB.htm

 

10.    SUGGESTED TEXTBOOK

 

 

Additional RF material:

 

Supplementary Reading:

There are many other texts on the subject, and the above is only a partial list of available published textbooks on RF IC Design.

 

11.  ACADEMIC ACCOMODATION POLICY

 

It is the student’s responsibility to request academic accommodations.  If you are a student with a documented disability who may require academic accommodation and have not registered with the Disability Resource Centre, please contact their office at 220-8237.  Students who have not registered with the Disability Resource Centre are not eligible for formal academic accommodation.  You are also required to discuss your needs with your instructor no later than fourteen (14) days after the start of this course.

 

12.    ENGINEERING FOIP POLICY

 

SCHULICH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING - UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

POLICY FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF FOIP REQUIREMENTS

Protection of Student Examinations and Course Work Under the

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of the Province of Alberta

 

The Schulich School of Engineering policy is intended to ensure that examinations and term-work of students in engineering courses are protected with respect to privacy.  The philosophy behind the policy is that marked student examinations and term-work (hereafter called “student’s work) should be available only to the student and to staff in the Schulich School of Engineering who have a need to see the material.  This includes academic staff, graduate assistants and support staff.

 

Please read the Schulich School of Engineering FOIP Policy:

 

http://www.ucalgary.ca/eng/courses/Engg/FOIPPOLICY.html

 

13.    ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION SECTION

 

 

Lecture Material:

1. Introduction to Wireless Communication Circuits

  • world markets
  • current trends
  • product range and application

2. CAD Tools for RF Design

  • Cadence SPECTRE RF
  • HP Advanced Design System
  • Inductor Modelling Tools: Asitic, Momentum, CST, Ansoft and others

3. Issues in RF IC Design

  • Electrical noise and substrate coupling
  • Linearity
  • Dynamic Range
  • Supply Voltage
  • Power Consumption
  • Selectivity
  • Chip Area

 

4. Bipolar, CMOS and BICMOS technologies

  • basic fabrication processes
  • basic integrated circuit active component limitations at RF Frequencies
  • geometric considerations

5. Impedance Matching Concepts

  • The Smith Chart
  • Quality Factor of Resonator Circuits
  • Transmission Lines
  • S, Y and Z parameters

6. Passive Circuit Elements in Monolithic Circuits

  • resistors
  • capacitors (fixed and voltage variable)
  • inductors
  • transformers
  • transmission lines
  • RF MEMS

7. RF IC Building Blocks

  • LNA (Low Noise Amplifier) Stages
  • Mixers
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillators
  • RF Filters
  • Power Amplifiers

8. Complete Transceiver Design

  • Transceiver Architectures - Heterodyne, Homodyne, low IF
  • Frequency Synthesis
  • Image Rejection
  • Fully Differential Systems

 
Familiarity with Cadence Spectre RF and/or HP ADS will be essential throughout the course.