DESIGN OF RADIO-FREQUENCY INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
Project Description
The main objective of this project is to study and to design radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits and systems at the transistor level. The students will be encouraged to investigate and to select one or few of the RF building blocks to work on, among which could be low-noise amplifier, mixers, voltage-controlled oscillator, frequency divider, and power amplifier. After the specifications are defined, the students are to study existing solutions before starting doing the design. The deliverables include circuit design, pre-simulation, layout, and/or post-simulation for evaluation and comparison.

Depending on the students’ interest, the project can focus on a building block for one of the following systems:
1. Modeling of passive components at RF frequencies.
2. Design of a radar system at 24GHz/60GHz/77GHz.
3. Design of RF front-end circuits in CMOS.
4. Design of a high-power LTE power amplifier
Supervisor
LUONG Howard Cam
Quota
2
Course type
UROP1000
UROP1100
UROP2100
UROP3100
Applicant's Roles
1. Investigate and identify the building block to work on
2. Study and define the building block’s specifications
3. Investigate existing topologies and understand their advantages and limitations
4. Select the most suitable and/or promising topology
5. Design, pre-simulate, lay out, and post-simulate the building block
Applicant's Learning Objectives
The objectives of the project is to understand the key challenges and to design and simulate, and possibly lay out and post-simulate, a selected RF integrated circuit or sub-system.
Complexity of the project
Challenging