Catalog Entry (2012-2013):

3610 Data and Telecommunications Transceivers(4) Noise and signal distortions in communication systems, impedance matching techniques, high frequency measurement techniques, design of high frequency amplifiers and oscillators, PLL and frequency synthesizers, data synchronization and multiplexing techniques, Antennas and their arrays. Prereq: CEEN 3520; Pre or Coreq.: CEEN 3250, CEEN 3280


D. K. Misra, Radio-Frequency and Microwave Communication Circuits, Wiley and Sons, 2001.

Class/Laboratory Schedule:

Three university hours for lecture and three university hours for laboratory per week.

Course Outcomes:

The students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts of noise and distortion in high frequency communication circuits and systems (EE2, EE9aj)H
  2. Understand the characteristics of RF transmission lines and their applications in communication circuits and systems (EE1)M, (EE5, EE9aj)H
  3. Understand two-port modeling of RF circuits and networks and their applications in communication circuits design (EE9aj)H
  4. Understand the operation and characteristics of phase-locked loop and its applications in communication circuits and systems (EE3, 5, 9aj)H
  5. Analyze and design RF matching networks using lumped elements and transmission lines (EE3,8,9aj)H
  6. Analyze and design lumped element RF filters (EE3,8,9aj)H
  7. Analyze and design RF transistor amplifier using two-port S parameters (EE3,8,9agj)H
  8. Analyze and design RF oscillators, mixers (EE3,8,9agj)H
  9. Use RF instruments/devices for measurement of RF components and systems (EE6,9de)H
  10. Conduct RF measurements to determine the characteristics and performance of RF components and systems (EE6,9de,13)H
  11. Conduct project design and development to meet technical specifications of basic communication system (EE8,9de,12,13)H.
  12. Apply analytical and computational techniques, including computer simulation for the design, analysis and verification of RF circuits (EE4)H, (EE9f)M
  13. Participate and contribute to group and team effort in learning that includes class assignments, laboratory experiments and project development (EE12)L, (EE13)H.

Course Topics:

  1. Introduction to RF communication systems, noise and distortion. 2 week
  2. Transmission lines and Smith chart analysis. 2 week
  3. Two-port networks and S parameters. 2 week
  4. RF impedance matching and filters with lumped elements and transmission lines. 3 week
  5. Amplifier design using S parameters, model, bias, stability, gain and noise figure. 3 week
  6. Oscillator design, negative resistance and feedback oscillations, crystal and voltage-controlled oscillators. 1 week
  7. Modulation/demodulation and mixer circuits. 1 week
  8. Phase-locked loop circuits, linear model, stead-state and transient analysis, PLL frequency synthesis. 1 week

Laboratory Topics:

  1. Noise characteristic and measurement of RF amplifiers 2 weeks
  2. Distortion characteristic and measurement of RF amplifiers 2 weeks
  3. Introduction to two-port network analyzer and measurements 1 weeks
  4. Design and measurement of L-section network for antenna matching 2 weeks
  5. Design and measurement of RF filters 2 weeks
  6. FM broadcast receiver project development: antenna front-end, mixer and filter, amplifier, voltage-controlled crystal oscillator, phase-locked loop demodulator. 4 weeks

The Reason this Course is in the Program:

The objective of the course is to conceptually develop understanding of the high frequency communication circuits and to learn the design and measurement techniques at high frequencies. The effects and limitations of noise and distortion are studied, as well as Smith chart, transmission lines and S-parameters since they form the basics of RF circuits design. The students learn the design of basic transceiver components that include impedance matching networks, antennas and filters, high frequency amplifiers and oscillators, modulation/demodulation and mixer circuits, phase-locked loop and frequency synthesis. The goal is to develop the student ability to design, construct, and measure basic RF circuits and components found in typical telecommunications transceivers.

Prepared by:

Lim Nguyen - January 11, 2003