Fall 2016: 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: 9/26/2016: Please hit the "Refresh" button to see recent updates to assignments, etc.

 

Note make up lectures: October 7, 14, and 21 (all dates being fridays), 6-8PM, Phelps 1431.



 

 

Instructor.. 1

Lectures & Discussion Sections. 2

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. 4

Problem sets: Fall 2016. 4

Homework, Lab, and Exam Solutions (this year): 4

Lab projects: Fall 2015. 5

CAD Resources. 5

Data and other references. 6

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 often 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

10/7/16

6-8PM

Phelps 1431

make-up lecture

10/14/16

6-8PM

Phelps 1431

make-up lecture

10/21/16

6-8PM

Phelps 1431

make-up lecture

make-up lecture

12/2/6

6-8PM

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: Monday October 17, class period (same room as lecture)
Dead week:  November 28-December 3.
Last Lecture:  November 30.
Final Exam:  Tuesday December 6, 2016 , 12 - 3 p.m. (same room as lecture)
(from http://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/cal2017.aspx   ,
https://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/finals-spring.aspx  )

Teaching Assistant

Name

Email address

Office Hours and location

Kendall Esparza

kesparza@umail.ucsb.edu

To be announced.
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

A text is not required for this class. 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 feel free to purchase any one of these three texts, or none at all.

 

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

 

2

two_port_parameters.pdf

3

impedance_matching.pdf

 

4

transmission_line_parasitics.pdf

5

device_models.pdf

signal_flow_graphs.pdf

 

6

power_gains.pdf

 

7

unilateral_design.pdf

two_port_stability.pdf

 

8

bilateral_design.pdf

9

large_signal_summary.pdf

needs updating

10

noise_summary.pdf

*

analog_circuit_analysis.pdf

likely not covered

*

resistive_feedback_amplifiers.pdf

likely not covered

 

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

 

Problem sets: Fall 2016

#

week

what

due

files

1

2

Basic Transmission-line theory

10/7/16

assignment: ps1

updates:

2

3

Device models, 2-port parameters, cutoff frequencies.

10/14/16

assignment: ps2_ADS.pdf

please work the tutorial as well.

tutorial: ads_tutorial_for_ps2.pdf

project file (zapped): ADS_for_218a_wrk.7zads

updates:

3

4

impedance-matching exercises

10/28/16

assignment: ps3_match.pdf

updates:

4

5

unilateral  amplifier design

11/14/16

assignment:

ps4_unilateral.pdf

updates:

5

7

bilateral amplifier design

11/21/16

assignment:
ps5_bilateral_design.pdf

updates:

6

9

power amplifier design, low-noise design

12/2/16

assignment:

ps6_PA_LNA.pdf
class_PA_LNA_project.7zads

class_PA_LNA_project.zip

updates:

 

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

a link to solutions will be posted here.

Lab projects: Fall 2015

 

#

what

due

files

1a

Transmission-lines
Instruments

Passive  components

checkoff: Oct. 6-8

report:    Oct. 9

 lab_1a_2016.pdf

updates:

1b

Transistor measurements

checkoff: Oct 13-15

report:   Oct. 16

lab_1b_2016.pdf

updates:

2

impedance-matching networ

checkoff: Oct 20-22

report: Oct 29.

lab_2_2016.pdf



updates:

3

Reactively tuned amplifier

design report:
11/25/15
checkoff:  11/30-12/1

report: 12/4/15

lab3_2016.pdf



updates:

4

power amplifier (218a only)

checkoff:
Nov 30, Dec 1

report:   Dec 4.

to be posted



updates:

 

 

CAD Resources

content

file

zapped and zipped ADS design directories (RF/microwave emphasis)

ADS_for_218a_wrk.7zads
ADS_for_218a_wrk.zip

zapped ADS design directory (mixed-signal emphasis)

ADS_for_class.zap

asdfa

asdf

Tutorial on running ADS (RF/microwave emphasis)

ads_tutorial.pdf

interfacing ADS with instruments

DataExtraction5162D.pdf

interfacing ADS with instruments

Interfacing Network Analyzer with ADS Tutorial.pdf

correct file formats for .s2p files

touchstone_spec11.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.

 

Data and other references

what

files

Transistor datasheet: MRF901

mrf_901_DATASHEET.pdf

Transistor datasheet: MRF951

MRF_951_datasheet.pdf

calibration coefficients: D5535E cal set

std_definitions_D5335E.html

info and calibration coefficients: D5535D cal set

85033D_cal_kit_info.pdf

regarding the meaning of cal coefficients

cal_kit_discussion.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

2013

final

 

2013

mid-term

 

2014

final

 

2014

mid-term

 

 

Technical References

 

Utilities

impedance_admittance_smithchart.pdf

smith_chart.pdf