Notice: For the latest information and guidance on Purdue's response to COVID-19 please visit:

RF Design: Passive Active Components


Credit Hours:


Start Date:

November 2, 2020

Learning Objective:

After successfully completing this class, students will be able to
  • Describe and articulate the basic design principles of RF passive and active components.
  • Design RF couplers, filters and amplifiers.
  • Use tools and analysis techniques to support the design of RF filters and amplifiers.


This is a one credit hour course, not three credit hours. Class duration: November 2 - December 4, 2020
Following the ???Primer on RF Design??? course, this class focuses on passive and active components. We use the techniques learnt in the previous course, to design advanced RF devices including couplers, filters and amplifiers. Current research topics are discussed as appropriate.

Topics Covered:


Basic undergraduate-level electromagnetics (ECE 31100 at Purdue with a grade of C or better) including fundamental concepts of RF waves and transmission lines (a comprehensive review will be provided in this class though). ECE69500RF ??? Primer on RF Design.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


Two homework assignments will be given.


Two design projects that will utilize ADS will be required. The projects will be assigned at the end of the first week and will be due at the end of the class.


There will be no final exam for this course. This is a design-focused course and two design projects will be given.


  • Michael Steer, Microwave and RF Design: A Systems Approach, 2nd edition, Scitech Publishing, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1613530214
  • Class notes will be distributed through blackboard.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements:


Tuition & Fees: