Radio-Frequency Circuits and Systems - Basic Concepts
What you'll learn
- This seven course series, for the first time ever, goes over the radio-frequency circuits and systems. All aspects of the RF design are covered in this course.
- Due to its breath and depth, this course is decomposed into two parts. Part 1 covers basic concepts and system-level architectures. Part 2 covers RF circuits.
- The students will acquire a deep and hands-on knowledge of RF circuits and systems.
- This course delivers essential skillset that is needed for a job in a highly demand Semiconductor industry and especially the field of RFIC.
- The prerequisite for this course is to have a knowledge of analog electronic circuits and basic circuit theory
- The second leg of this course may go through Cadence simulation of RF circuits
Radio-frequency (RF) circuits and systems are ubiquitous parts of any electronic gadget and instrument that are widely used by the general public. RF design is often considered to be one of the most challenging areas in electrical engineering. This course series promises to deliver a comprehensive overview of RF circuits and systems. The first course covered in this series is primarily on basic concepts in RF design. Concepts such as linearity and noise will be presented and figure-of-merits to evaluate the linearity and noise performance of the RF systems will be introduced. Specifically, the course first goes over the basics of wireless transmitters and receivers. Next, the fundamental concept of power transfer in RF circuits will be briefly studied. This is followed by the analysis of large-signal behavior and the associated impairments such as gain compression and intermodulation. Next, device noise will be studied and ways of modeling the impact of various sources of noise in electronic circuits will be investigated and the concepts of noise figure and noise temperature will be introduced. Finally, the course will look at important performance parameters such as receiver sensitivity and dynamic range and study these parameters in terms of noise performance and distortion.
Who this course is for:
- This course is intended for electrical engineers, graduate students, senior-level undergraduate students
Payam Heydari received his B.S. and M.S. degrees (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 2001. He is currently the University Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine.
During the summer of 1997, he was with Nokia Bell-labs where he worked on noise analysis in high-speed CMOS integrated circuits. He worked at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center on gradient-based optimization and sensitivity analysis of custom analog/RF ICs during the summer of 1998. His research covers the design of terahertz/millimeter-wave/radio-frequency and analog integrated circuits. He is the (co)-author of two books, three book chapters, and more than 175 journal and conference papers. He has given Keynote Speech to IEEE GlobalSIP 2013 Symposium on Millimeter Wave Imaging and Communications, served as an Invited Distinguished Speaker to the 2014 IEEE Midwest Symp. on Circuits and Systems, and gave a Tutorial at the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). He has served as a Distinguished Lecturer of both the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) (2014-2016) and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) (2019-2022).
Dr. Heydari is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and a fellow of IEEE. He is the recipient of the 2023 IEEE Microwave Theory and Technology Society (MTT-S) Distinguished Educator Award, the 2021 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Innovative Education Award, and Best Invited Paper Award at the 2021 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference. He was selected as the inaugural Faculty Innovation Fellow by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Beall Applied Innovation. He was the recipient of the 2016-2017 UCI School of Engineering Mid-Career Excellence in Research, the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from Orange County Engineering Council, the 2009 Business Plan Competition First Place Prize Award and Best Concept Paper Award both from Paul Merage School of Business at UC-Irvine, the 2010 Faculty of the Year Award from UC-Irvine’s Engineering Student Council (ECS), the 2009 School of Engineering Fariborz Maseeh Best Faculty Research Award, the 2007 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Guillemin-Cauer Award, the 2005 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Award, the 2005 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the 2005 Henry Samueli School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, the Best Paper Award at the 2000 IEEE Int’l Conference on Computer Design (ICCD), and the 2001 Technical Excellence Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH). He was recognized as the 2004 Outstanding Faculty in the EECS Department of the University of California, Irvine. His research on novel low-power multi-purpose multi-antenna RF front-ends received the Low-Power Design Contest Award at the 2008 IEEE Int’l Symposium on Low-Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED). The Office of Technology Alliances at UCI has named Dr. Heydari one of 10 Outstanding Innovators at the university.
Dr. Heydari is an Associate Editor of both IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC) and IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters (SSC-L). He is a member Technical Program Committee of IEEE European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC), and the 2021 International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2021). Dr. Heydari is currently a member of AdCom for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. Formerly, Dr. Heydari was a member of International Technical Program Committee of the ISSCC (2014-2019). He was the Guest Editor of IEEE JSSC, and Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems – I, and served on the Technical Program Committees of Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (CSICS), Int’l Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), IEEE Design and Test in Europe (DATE) and Int’l Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD). He is the director of the Nanoscale Communication IC (NCIC) Labs.
He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to silicon-based millimeter-wave integrated circuits and systems.