Course Catalog 2010-2011
TLT-8607 RF-ASIC Design - 2, 9 cr
Jani Järvenhaara, Nikolay Tchamov, Svetozar Broussev
2. Attending at least 80% of the Lectures.
3. Attending all Exercises.
4. Developing all Homeworks.
5. Completing all Laboratory Exercises.
Completion parts must belong to the same implementation
Principles and baselines related to teaching and learning
This is an MSc-level course focusing on a Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuit design, starting from design specification, though electrical design, physical design, and finishing with measurement. Upon completion of the course, the student is able to: - understand the specifics/limitations of an integrated circuit process and is able utilize/solve them in specific circuit design; - design an RF integrated circuit both on electrical and on physical design level; - utilize various techniques for improving the performance of the developed integrated circuit; - operate freely on modern CAD tools used for integrated circuit design, such as Cadence; - prepare an RF integrated circuit for fabrication on a modern CMOS process; - prepare for measurement, and conduct a measurement on the developed integrated circuit; - analyze the received simulation and measurement results; analyze the results also with respect to the state-of-art achievement in the field; - write his MSc thesis.
|Content||Core content||Complementary knowledge||Specialist knowledge|
|1.||Introduction of the RF-IC Design flow at MSc Level. IEEE CAS-2: Novel Fourth-Order Dual-Band VCO: overview and paper presentation, main ideas.|
|2.||Cadence GPDK090 CMOS process overview, available components and their characterization. VCO Electrical Design: 4th Order Resonator, Negative-Gm stage, Capacitor Banks, Current Mirror. Other Dual-Band VCO topologies. Differential layout and specifics for RF. Bonding Pads and ESD. IC Packaging issues.|
|3.||RF-Measurements: RF Components, Wafer probing, Calibration and Measurement set-up preparation. RF-Measurements instruments: HP54750A High-Speed Oscilloscope, R&S FSEM Spectrum Analyzer, HP 4352B VCO/PLL Signal Analyzer.|
|4.||The MSc Work Organisation, MSc Thesis Structure, Major Parts and Quality Standard; Examples and Templates.|
Evaluation criteria for the course
Numerical evaluation scale (1-5) will be used on the course
|Type||Name||Author||ISBN||URL||Edition, availability, ...||Examination material||Language|
|Lecture slides||RF-ASIC M.Sc. Design Project lecture slides||English|
|Other literature||Cadence and process manuals||English|
|TLT-8307 RF-ASIC Design - 1||Mandatory|
|TLT-8507 Communication Circuits & Modules - 2||Advisable|
Additional information about prerequisites
In case you have taken other course(s) which you might consider to be compatible with the prerequisite one above, please contact the Course Coordinator for approval.
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Correspondence of content
Updated version of the former course RF-ASIC Design-2, TLT-8606, and Seminar-2, TLT-8806, which were lectured last time in year 2007/08.
Suitable for postgraduate studies