4 ECTS credits
110 h study time
Offer 1 with catalog number 4016394FNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.
The step from a prototype to a commercial product is larger than seen at first sight. To cut the price of the final product, it is important
• to reduce the amount of tuning and testing;
• to increase the yield of the product taking into account the processing variations (design for manufacturability); and
• to protect the circuit again Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) by manipulation / handling the circuit.
The aim of this course is to close in the gap between the theoretical knowledge on RF/microwave design, and the design of a commercial product. Starting from the knowledge on electromagnetics and RF/microwave amplifier design, all design aspects of complete RF/microwave systems are covered in the course. This includes the system-level design, the design of different RF/microwave sub-systems (such as mixers, amplifiers, hybrids, filters, antennas …), their design for manufacturability (production tolerances, Design Rule Checking (DRC) ) and their protection to the manipulation by the user (e.g. ESD-protection).
Aims and Objectives
The objective is to make the future engineers aware of the problems and solutions that need to be considered when turning a prototype RF/microwave system into a product. He/she will therefore combine past experiences/courses on telecom and RF/microwave design, and extend/apply this knowledge to turn prototypes into real products. The objectives are therefore to
• perform a system-level study of a complete transceiver system and make the trade-offs between the different RF/microwave sub-systems;
• design the different RF/microwave sub-systems;
• use of field solvers and measurements of prototypes to predict the response of critical passive structures (filters/hybrids/antennas);
• consider the ESD protection, when assuming that the user might physically touch the LNA input or the antenna;
• consider the manufacturability by taking into account the DRCs of the technology and the yield coming from uncertainties on the components, models and technology.
The main focus of this course is to apply the information given in the lectures (on ESD-protection, yield computation/optimization), onto a practical RF/microwave design. Starting from specifications, an ESD-protected, yield optimized RF/microwave receiver/transmitter needs to be designed, realized and measured.
The gained competences of this course are:
• Hands-on experience in RF/microwave design using commercial software (ADS of Agilent);
• Use of electromagnetic field solvers for critical building blocks;
• Use of RF/microwave measurement of prototypes;
• Tolerance and yield analysis/optimization;
• Realization and measurement of the complete receiver/transmitter
• Presenting the design using a design report / oral presentation.
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Oral Exam determines 100% of the final mark.
Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Electronics and Information Technology Engineering: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Electrical Engineering: Standaard traject BRUFACE J