RF Microelectronics


The course is taught by Professor Francesco Svelto.


This course is aimed at introducing students to the design of integrated transceivers for wireless communications. At the end, attendees will have gained knowledge of fundamental parameters describing system performances, insights into alternative processing architectures and ability to design the following building blocks: low noise amplifiers, up and down converters, power amplifier, phase locked loop, phase detector, filter, voltage controlled oscillator, frequency synthesizer. As an example, the design of a complete transceiver will be described starting from the specifications of a telecommunication application, such as GSM, W-CDMA, WLAN. Based on computer aided design experience carried out in the Laboratory, the student will be able to finalize the design of single blocks integrated in most advanced CMOS nodes and will be ready for the design of complete transceivers.


Basic concepts for transceivers
Non–linearities, inter-symbol interference, phase noise in oscillators, sensitivity and dynamic range, image rejection.

Choice of digital schemes for optimum power and spectral efficiency in wireless systems.

Transceiver architectures
Super-heterodyne, direct conversion, low-IF.

Design of CMOS integrated blocks
low-noise amplifier; up- and down-converters; voltage controller oscillators; phase detector; charge pump filter; phase locked loop; frequency synthesizer; power amplifiers.

Design of CMOS building blocks for RF transceivers with Cadence.


B. Razavi, RF Microelectronics, Prentice Hall, 1997.

T.H. Lee, The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Cambridge University Press, 1998.


A collection of additional teaching materials can be downloaded from here.