Lec # Topics KEY DATES
1 Communication Systems Overview
2 Transceiver Architectures Homework 1 out
3 Wave Guides and Transmission Lines
4 S-Parameters and Impedance Transformers
5 Generalized Reflection Coefficient, Smith Chart Homework 1 due

Homework 2 out
6 MOS Transistors, Passive Components, Gain-Bandwidth Issue for Broadband Amplifiers
7 High Frequency, Broadband Amplifiers Homework 2 due

Homework 3 out
8 Broadband Amplifiers (cont.)
9 Enhancement Techniques for Broadband Amplifiers, Narrowband Amplifiers Homework 3 due
10 Noise Modeling in Amplifiers
11 Noise Figure, Impact of Amplifier Nonlinearities Homework 4 out
12 Low Noise Amplifiers Lab out
13 LNA Design Examples and Recent Techniques Homework 4 due
14 Voltage Controlled Oscillators Homework 5 out
15 VCO Examples and Mixers
16 Mixers (cont.) Homework 5 due
17 Noise in Voltage Controlled Oscillators
18 ABC's of Power Amplifiers Project out

Lab report due

Lab check-off due (one day after lecture 18)
19 Other Classes of Power Amplifiers, Modulation of Power Amplifiers
20 Linearization Techniques for Power Amplifiers, Adaptive Biasing
21 Overview of Phase-Locked Loops and Integer-N Frequency Synthesizers Homework 6 out
22 Noise in Integer-N and Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizers
23 Design of Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizers and Bandwidth Extension Techniques Homework 6 due
24 Advanced RF Topics
25 RF Transceiver Design Example (Guest Lecture) Project due