TLT-8207 COMMUNICATION CIRCUITS AND MODULES I

General:

TLT-8207 COMMUNICATION CIRCUITS AND MODULES I, 8 cr, Fall 2009
Lectures 36 h, Exercises 24 h, Laboratory 12 h.

Weekly Teaching / Period 1 2 3 4 5 Summer
Lectures, h 3 3 - - - -
Exercises, h 2 2 - - - -
Laboratory, h 1 1 - - - -


Lectures: Tuesdays 12:15-15:00 in TC173.
Exercises:

Course responsible: Prof. Nikolay Tchamov, room TH108, e-mail: nikolay@cs.tut.fi
Course coordinator: Pekko Ruippo, room TH115, e-mail: ruippo@cs.tut.fi.

Study guide description: TLT-8207 COMMUNICATION CIRCUITS AND MODULES I (link to study guide).

Course Info:

Goal: Major core course part-1 for BSc and MSc level with selective attention on the most important communication circuits and modules in Wireless Communications use. It is built to form the essential knowledge of the Integrated RF Circuits Designer. Lectures deliver the basic principles and illustrate them with examples. Auditorium exercises apply the theory on main practical importance cases, using hand-held analysis and further training on the CAD software tools PSpice and CADENCE. Laboratory exercises are also an essential part of the whole course. The students will investigate in simulations and by experiments on-PCB pre-build modern structure Low-Noise Amplifier, Power Amplifier Class-E and 2xL-type LC VCO using the modern RF measurement laboratory devices, Spectrum and Network Analyzer.

Contents:

1. Basic concepts in Wireless GHz range Tranceivers Design. RF Low-Noise Amplifiers and Mixers and their I/O Matching. RF-Filters, transfer functions and types of frequency responses, poles and zeroes, stability.

2. Relaxation-type generators in RF-range, fast triggers & multivibrators. Harmonic RF oscillators, major LC oscillator topologies. GHz range Voltage-Controlled Oscillators (VCO), phase noise, pulling and pushing figures. Quadrature signal generation and Dividers in GHz range.

3. RF-Power amplifiers, basic major concepts, classes A, B and E. PLL major concepts, types and main building sub-blocks. Charge pumps. Fractional-N PLL architecture.

4. Data Converters principles and structures for RF/Fast applications. Major GHz range Track & Hold amplifiers. Monolithic Implementation challenges.

5. CMOS and BiCMOS technologies, electrical components and their modeling.

Requirements: Exam and completion of the exercises.

Recommended prerequisites:

  1. TLT-8017 Basic Communication Circuits 1, 6 cr (link to course page) or equivalent knowledge.
  2. TLT-8107 Basic Communication Circuits 2, 7 cr (link to course page) or equivalent knowledge.

Literature: B. Razavi, RF Microelectronics (Prentice Hall, 1998), ISBN: 0-13-887571-5