Lectures 36h, Exercises 36h.

Teaching / Period 1 2 3 4 5 Summer
Lectures - - - 3h/wk 3h/wk -
Exercises - - - 2h/wk 2h/wk -
Lab. Ex. - - - 6h 6h -

* Important Announcements *

The course TLT-8507 will be organized during Period 4-5.

Lectures: Thursdays 13:15-16:00 in TC-173.
The openinng lecture is on 5-Feb-2009
Exercises: Auditorium exercises in TC-171 and laboratory exercises in TH-103.

Course responsible: Prof. Nikolay Tchamov, room TH108, e-mail: nikolay(at)
Course coordinator: Sami Sipilä, room TH112, e-mail: sipila(at)

Study guide description: TLT-8507 COMMUNICATION CIRCUITS AND MODULES - II (link to study guide).

Course Info:

Goal: A core course that widens the theoretical and practical knowledge of an Integrated RF Circuit Designer and brings it to the demands of the M.Sc. level. Lectures deliver the theoretical analysis and specifics of major importance building blocks of RF integrated circuits. Auditorium exercises apply the theory on main importance building sub-blocks, using hand-held analysis, introduction and further training on the CAD software tools of CADENCE for RF-Design. Laboratory exercises are also an essential part of the whole course. The students will investigate in simulations and by experiments the blocks and the structure of modern Low-Noise Amplifier and Double Cross-Coupled LC VCO system, using RF measurement laboratory devices, such as Spectrum and Network Analyzers.

Analyzing the concepts in major types of Wireless GHz range transceivers to derive the key points for planning their monolithic CMOS implementation. Superheterodyne and homodyne receivers and their implementation problems. System specifications effect on LNA and VCO specifications. CAD models for BJT/HBT and MOS transistors at GHz range. Single and multi-transistor amplifiers. State-of-art LNAs: Parameters, analysis, optimization. Large/small-signal linearity and linearization techniques. Semi-symbolic analysis of RF Circuits: 5 GHz LNA as a case study. State-of-the-art Oscillators; LC-, RC- and Ring-oscillators. Double Cross-Coupled VCO operation, features and design. Oscillator satellite blocks, such as buffers, AGC, as well bias blocks and their effect on the performance. PLL and its sub-blocks; Frequency dividers by master-slave latch and its kick-back noise. Analog multiplier and Gilbert cell. GHz-range Sample-and-Hold Amplifiers. Switching Capacitor circuits and oversampling. Noise-shaping technique.

Requirements: Exam and completion of exercises.

Recommended prerequisites:

  1. TLT-8207 Communication Circuits and Modules I, 8 cr (link to course page) or equivalent knowledge.


  1. Lecture slides
  2. Selected chapters from various books, for example Gray, Hurst, Lewis and Meyer, Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, 4th edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2001), ISBN: 0-471-32168-0.

Exercise material is available under this course in Moodle.

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