Primer on RF Circuit Design


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Learning Objective:

This course is part of a Purdue initiative that aims to complement the expertise that students develop with the breadth at the edges needed to work effectively in today's multidisciplinary environment. These serious short courses require few prerequisites and provide a general framework that can be filled in with self-study when needed.


This is a one credit hour course, not three credit hours. Class duration: January 7 - February 10, 2019
The importance of RF circuits will grow exponentially as future generations of communication systems (e.g. 5G), radars, and wireless sensors dramatically alter the way we communicate and connect people, machines and networks. This course serves as an introductory course for ECE students planning to focus on RF design as well as for non-RF students who seek a foundational understanding of RF circuits and systems.

Topics Covered:

The course starts by introducing fundamental concepts of RF communication systems including the ultimate RF receiver and why our technology cannot still support it. Students are then introduced to basic design principles and tools including transmission lines, the Smith chart and the scattering parameters. Basic system-level design concepts such as noise, linearity, and interference that dictate system-level design approaches are also discussed qualitatively. The course concludes by introducing basic receiver architectures and relevant technology trends.


Undergraduate degree in engineering or the physical sciences.

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Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.

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