Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: E4, E4dpd, E4hn, F4, F4hn, MSOC1, N4hn. Course coordinator: Professor Henrik Sjöland,, Electrical and Information Technology. Prerequisites: ETI063 Analogue IC Design. Assessment: The student must pass both the laborations and the exam. Further information: The basic course Radio (ETI031) is recommended but is no prerequisite for ETI170. Home page:

The aim is to provide fundamental and broad knowledge about design and analysis of integrated high-frequency electronics. There is a high demand for such knowledge since more and more applications use wireless technology, e.g. mobile telephony, wireless computer networks, short range communications, and satellite navigation. In all these applications the radio transceiver is a very important component.

The emphasis of the course is methods for analysis and synthesis of integrated high-frequency electronics. It builds upon the Analogue IC Design (ETI063) and Radio (ETI031) courses, and the radio building blocks treated in the Radio course are here implemented primarily using CMOS technology. Methods for designing building blocks like amplifiers, mixers and oscillators are covered.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course is broad, covering topics from architecture level (homodyne, low-IF, heterodyne), via building block level (LNA:s, mixers, oscillators, power amplifiers), to component and layout level. When it comes to components, inductors and transformers can be realized on-chip, which is not possible at lower frequencies. The emphasis of the course is the building blocks and their realization in CMOS technology. Pros and cons of different circuits topologies are treated. It is an ambition to include also the latest circuit topologies from the research. Methods to choose component parameters to meet a certain specification, as well as methods to analyze given designs are central.

Modern CAD-tools for RF IC design is another key area, where the laboratory part of the course is important. During the laboratory work the participants will learn to simulate radio building blocks like amplifiers, mixers and oscillators using a modern circuit simulator especially developed for the purpose.

At the end of the course there is a guest lecture, where the lecturer tells about his work at an industrial RF IC design department.

Lee T H: The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Second Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2004, ISBN: 0-521-83539-9, and additional material.