Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE RF Electronics

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Electronic Systems Engineering

DESCRIPTION - Introduction:
High frequency implications on electronic devices. Device design constraints. High Frequency passive devices - L, C, R. Device modelling, including use of S parameters.

- RF circuit theory (Revision):
Review of transmission line theory and use of the smith chart. Power transfer and impedance matching.

- Microstrip circuit design:
Theory of the microstrip circuit. Implementation of L and C components. Microstrip implementation of amplifiers, filters and oscillators.

- RF and Microwave passive devices: RF combiners, splitters, hybrids, couplers... etc

- RF and Microwave active devices:
RF Diodes (Varicap, PIN, Gunn diodes etc...) and RF Transistors, a brief appreciation of Vacuum tubes (Klystron, Magnetron), Physical and electrical characteristics and performance. Manufacturing processes. Device modelling, including use of S parameters. Noise modelling in RF devices.

- RF basic building blocks: Low Noise Amplifiers, RF Power Amplifiers, RF Mixers, RF Attenuators, RF Filters, Microwave Oscillators, Phase detectors, RF PLLs and Frequency Synthesizers

- RF System Design Considerations: Performance Criteria (Phase Noise, Drift, ), System Design, Matching Requirements and Physical Implementation.

Study-unit Aims:

This unit introduces RF and microwave electronic devices and circuit design, high frequency device and circuit modelling and microstrip circuit design.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe the construction and operation of RF and microwave devices
- Design RF and microwave basic circuits and select the appropriate components for the application
- Analyse the high frequency performance of RF and microwave electronic devices
- Design microstrip circuits
- Write and read specifications for RF subsystems and circuit elements.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to build and test circuits for RF and microwave applications.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Ludwig, R. And Bretchko, P., RF Circuit Design. Pearson Education.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: ESE2203

Co-requisite Study-unit: ENR3201

Please note that a pass in the Examination component is obligatory for an overall pass mark to be awarded.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Tutorial and Project

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM2 No 20%
Examination [See Add. Notes] (3 Hours) SEM2 Yes 80%


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