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TITLE Radio and Microwave Theory

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


DEPARTMENT Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics

DESCRIPTION This study-unit covers fundamental theory and design techniques for the implementation and testing of radio frequency and microwave systems such as matching networks, filters, transmission media and antennas. Detailed analysis and modelling of these systems are also covered.

Study-unit Aims

The unit aims at introducing students to techniques and theory for the design of fundamental radio frequency and microwave systems. The study-unit also aims at introducing students to commonly used characterisation parameters. Such concepts and techniques are important, in particular when one considers high data rate connections and transmission within a computer engineering framework.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Comprehend, model and analyse radio and microwave systems;
Design fundamental radio and microwave system blocks such as matching networks (both lumped and distributed), antennas and filters.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Design, simulate, optimize and implement fundamental radio and microwave system blocks;
Use instruments such as a network analyser and design paradigms such as the smith chart and electromagnetic simulators.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings


• RF Circuit Design – Theory and Applications by Reinhold Ludwig & Gene Bogdanov, ISBN 978-0-13-135505-7, Pearson Prentice Hall.

Reading List:

• RF Microelectronics by Behzad Razavi, ISBN 0-13-887571-5 Pearson Prentice Hall.
•The Design of CMOS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits by Thomas H. Lee, ISBN 0521-639-220, Cambridge University Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Practicum & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Practical No 15%
Examination (3 Hours) Yes 85%


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