Fall 2014: Radio-Frequency / Microwave IC design 

(this web page is at http://www.ece.ucsb.edu/Faculty/rodwell/Classes/ECE218A/ECE218A.htm)

Co: listed as ECE145a  (undergrad) and ECE218a (graduate)

 

Last updated: 10/27/2014: Please hit the "Refresh" button to see recent updates to assignments, etc.

1) No lecture Wed Oct 29.

2) Make up lecture: Friday Nov  7, 4-6PM, Phelps 1437
          Pizza will be served.

3) Mid-term Exam: Wednesday November 12

4) Problem set 4 has been posted.

 

 

Instructor.. 1

Lectures & Discussion Sections. 1

Extra evening sessions (makeup for travel, lab preparation, exam review): 2

Lab Hours and Design Projects. 2

Syllabus. 2

Exams & other important dates. 2

Teaching Assistant.. 2

Textbook.. 3

Lecture Notes. 3

Other Online Notes. 3

CAD Resources. 4

Problem sets: Fall 2014. 4

Homework, Lab, and Exam Solutions (this year): 5

Lab projects: Fall 2014. 5

Exam Solutions and Example Exams (Past Years) 6

Technical References. 6

Utilities. 6

 

Instructor

Prof. Mark Rodwell

Office hours: 2-3 PM Mondays and 4-5PM Wednesdays, ESB2205F

Lectures & Discussion Sections

Main Lectures: Mondays and Wednesdays 1230-145 PM, PHELPS 3519
Weekly discussion session with the TAs A Weekly meeting / review sessions with the TA will be scheduled.  In some weeks Rodwell will give a make-up lecture or design review in this time. In other weeks the TA will review the lab projects or key design assignments. Please reserve this time on your calendar.

Extra evening sessions (makeup for travel, lab preparation, exam review):

There will be dates during the term which I must travel. There will always be a substitute lecturer on those days, but I will also schedule make-up lectures to re-cover the material to ensure consistent coverage.  

 

 

Date

Time

Location

Subject / Objective

10/24/14

4-6PM

Phelps 1437

11/7/14

4-6PM

Phelps 1437

 

x

 

x

 

x

pre-exam review

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Lab Hours and Design Projects

The class design content will be in the form of a design project (circuit simulation and mask layout) and of a series of circuits you must design, construct on a PC board, and test.  You do not need to attend the lab hours posted in the Schedule of Classes.

 

Syllabus

here

Exams & other important dates

Mid-term Exam: Wednesday November 12, class period (same room as lecture)
Dead week:  Dec. 8-Dec. 12
Last Lecture:  Dec. 4.
Final Exam: Tuesday, December 16, 12-3 p.m.  (same room as lecture)
(from http://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/cal2015.aspx   ,
http://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/finals-fall.aspx   )

Teaching Assistant

Name

Email address

Office Hours and location

Di Li

d_li@umail.ucsb.edu

to be posted soon
Location: in the lab.
You can also send him  an email.

The office hours are for the TA to give you guidance with your projects and assignments. On weeks when lab projects are due, these will substitute. The TA will email the class to set up times for these.

 

 

Please contact him regarding HW solutions or grading.

Textbook

The recommended text for this class is

David M. Pozar,  Microwave Engineering, 4th edition.

 

Other valuable texts to refer to would be:

 

Thomas H. Lee: The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Second Edition

and

 

Guillermo Gonzalez Microwave Transistor Amplifiers: Analysis and Design (2nd Edition)

These can be purchased online, new or used, from many online vendors. 

 

Please learn to access / search IEEE Explore (accessible without charge from UCSB IP addresses or with a UCSB Web account with proxy settings).  The technical literature is an excellent learning tool.

 

Lecture Notes

week

file / subject

comment

1

transmission_line_properties.pdf

 

1

two_port_parameters.pdf

2

impedance_matching.pdf

 

3

transmission_line_parasitics.pdf

4

device_models.pdf

signal_flow_graphs.pdf

 

5

power_gains.pdf

 

6

unilateral_design.pdf

two_port_stability.pdf

 

6

bilateral_design.pdf

7

large_signal_summary.pdf

needs updating

8

noise_summary.pdf

9

analog_circuit_analysis.pdf

10

resistive_feedback_amplifiers.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Online Notes

material

class

Baseband analog transistor circuit design

ECE137A_rodwell_2007

High-frequency analog transistor circuit design

ECE137b_rodwell_2007

Analog and mixed-signal IC design (senior/graduate level)

ECE124c_2007_rodwell

Prof. Longs' microwave class notes

ece145a_long_2007

Passive components: From Stanford EE344, Prof. McWhorter.

passive_component_description

 

CAD Resources

content

file

zapped ADS design directory (RF/microwave emphasis)

ADS_for_218a.zap

zapped ADS design directory (mixed-signal emphasis)

ADS_for_class.zap

zipped (not zapped) ADS mask layout directory 

layout_for_class_prj.zip

Read_me file for the above

readme_layout_for_class.pdf

Mask Layout design guide

Mask_Layout_Design_Guide.pdf

Tutorial on running ADS (RF/microwave emphasis)

ads_tutorial.pdf

Problem sets and design projects in the class use the Agilent ADS microwave IC design environment. Access to ADS can be either through accounts in the ECI lab, or via the microwave teaching lab on the 5th Floor of Harold Frank Hall. If you are member of a research group in the ECE dept, you may well also have access to ADS via your group's PCs or Workstations---ask your Professor.

 

Problem sets: Fall 2014

#

week

what

due

files

1

2

Basic Transmission-line theory

10/17/14

assignment: ps1_2014.pdf

updates:

2

3

Device models, 2-port parameters, cutoff frequencies.

10/24/14

 

assignment: ps2_2014_ADS.pdf

please work the tutorial as well.

tutorial: ads_tutorial_for_ps2.pdf

project file: ADS_for_218a.zap

updates:

3

4

impedance-matching exercises

10/31/14
(Friday)

assignment:

ps3_2014_match.pdf

updates:

4

5

unilateral  amplifier design

11/14/14
(Friday)

assignment:

ps4_2014_unilateral.pdf

updates:

5

7

bilateral amplifier design

11/21/14
(Friday)

assignment:

to be posted

updates:

6

9

power amplifier design, low-noise design

12/5/14
(Friday)

assignment:

to be posted

updates:

 

 

 

Homework, Lab, and Exam Solutions (this year):

solutions are here

 

Lab projects: Fall 2014

 

#

what

due

files

1a

Transmission-lines
Instruments

Passive  components

checkoff: Oct. 13-15

report:    Oct. 17

 lab_1a_2014.pdf

updates:

1b

Transistor measurements

checkoff: Oct. 20-22

report:    Oct. 24

lab_1b_2014.pdf

updates:

2

impedance-matching networ

checkoff: Oct 27-28

report: Oct 31.

lab_2_2014.pdf



updates:

3

Reactively tuned amplifier

checkoff: Nov. 17-19

report: Nov 21

to be posted



updates:

4

power amplifier

checkoff: Dec 3-5

report:    Dec 10.

to be posted



updates:

 

 

 

 

Data and other references

what

files

Data sheet for   Avago / Agilent HP 42035

AV02-0299EN.pdf

*Correct* model of Avago / Agilent HP 42035

at420xx.zap

Data sheet for Avago  AT41533

AT-41533.pdf

Data sheet for Avago ATF38143

ATF_38143.pdf

PC board CAD layout file for SMA pad

SMApad.p

chip inductor data sheet

0603cs.pdf

chip inductor SPICE model

spice_0603cs.pdf

 

 

Exam Solutions and Example Exams (Past Years)

year

exam

file

2009 (winter)

mid-term

ECE145A_MT_soln_W2009.pdf

2009 (winter)

final

ECE145_Final_soln_W2009.pdf

2011

mid-term

2011_midterm.pdf

2011_midterm_solution.pdf

2011_final_solution.pdf

2012

mid-term

ece145A_MT_soln_W2012.pdf

 

Technical References

 

Utilities

impedance_admittance_smithchart.pdf

smith_chart.pdf