Module Title:   RF Circuit CAD

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG4028D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   PI - Engineering: Telecomms, Electromagnetics etc (MDIS) (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr RW Clarke

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr NJ McEwan

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

i) To critically evaluate the concepts of gain, stability, noise, bias networks and impedance matching and applied to the design of RF and microwave amplifiers.(ii) To design a low noise amplifier using traditional methods and an industry standard CAD package

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Lecture series, combined with academically supported laboratory sessions using HPADS on the PC workstations to develop knowledge , analytical ability and synthesis skills.

Lectures:   22.00          Directed Study:   150.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   2.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   24.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Critically evaluate concepts underpinning the design of RF and microwave amplifiers

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Design RF and microwave amplifiers using an industry standard CAD package. Demonstrate mastery of RF techniques

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Accurately present and interpret data.

  Examination - closed book 2.00 50%
  Coursework   50%
  Coursework (Formal report on amplifier design using ADS) 2000 words

Outline Syllabus:
Power Gain: Introduction to S-parameters and Smith Charts: Maximum power transfer theorem. Power gain definitions, transducer gain and available power gain. Constant gain circles. Unilateral and bilateral cases. Maximum frequency of oscillation. Stability: conditional and unconditional, stability factor and circles, simultaneous conjugate match. Broadband amplifier design: elementary network synthesis, circuit transformation feedback techniques, balanced amplifiers. Low noise amplifier design: Noise temperature and noise figure, noise figure circles, minimum noise figure. Practical circuit design: Transistor biasing techniques, passive and active biasing circuits. RF capacitor selection, capacitor self resonance, power supply decoupling. RF choke design. Effects and minimisation of stray inductance. Practical LNA design showing a recommended design route plus use of feedback. Agilent ADS Circuit analysis software. - Transmission line analysis and synthesis software. Use of ADS for schematic capture and artwork generation. Circuit analysis, linear and non-linear analysis, the use of optimisation and its limitations, evaluation of circuit sensitivity. Noise, gain and stability circle generation.

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