ECE 59500 - RF and Microwave Wireless Components

Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Credits: 4

This is an experiential learning course.

Counts as:
CMPE Special Content Elective
EE Elective
EE Elective - Adv Level Lab

Experimental Course Offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2015, Spring 2017

ECE 31100 or equivalent

Requisites by Topic:
Basic electromagnetics; basic transmission line theory

Catalog Description:
This course is focused on the fundamentals of RF engineering. It starts by discussing the basics of RF system-level design particularly for wireless systems. Subsequently, it reviews transmission line fundamentals followed by impedance matching techniques and microwave networks. The course continues by covering design techniques of RF amplifiers, microwave filters, mixers, and oscillators. Noise and interference issues are also introduced. The course also includes a discussion on adaptive RF electronics.

Required Text(s):
  1. Microwave and RF Design of Wireless Systems, D. M. Pozar, Wiley, 2000, ISBN No. 9780471322825.
Recommended Text(s):
  1. Microwave Engineering, D. M. Pozar, Wiley, 2001.
  2. Planar Microwave Engineering: A Practical Guide to Theory, Measurement, and Circuits, Thomas H. Lee, Cambridge, 2004, ISBN No. 978-0521835268.
  3. RF System Design of Transceivers for Wireless Communications, Qizheng GU, Springer, 2006, ISBN No. 978-0387241616.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. A fundamental understanding of passive RF networks. [None]
  2. A fundamental understanding of active RF networks. [None]
  3. A fundamental understanding of RF receivers. [None]

Lecture Outline:

Weeks Topics
1 Wireless systems overview
1 Transmission line fundamentals
1 Impedance matching and the Smith Chart
1 Scattering parameters and microwave networks
1 Microwave couplers
1 Resonators
1 Lumped-element filters
1 Distributed filters
1 Amplifiers
1 Mixers
1 Oscillators
1 Antennas
1 Noise and interference
1 Receiver architectures
1 Adaptive RF systems

Engineering Design Content:

Establishment of Objectives and Criteria

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