ECE 719 Advanced Microwave Design

Spring 2017.  EBIII Room 2232 Fridays 9:35am to 10:20pm

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Michael Steer, Professor Phone: (919) 515-5191

435 Monteith Research Center
Campus Box 7914 E-Mail mbs@ncsu.edu
Raleigh, NC 27695-7914 URL: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~mbs

PREREQUISITES:

ECE549 Microwave and RF Design 

TEXTBOOK:

M.B. Steer, Microwave and RF Design: A Systems Approach, Second Edition.  (This is the same book used in ECE549. There is only one printing so new or used is o.k..)

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Development of microwave design skills using microwave electronic design automation tools applied to filter, amplifier and oscillator design.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Development and examination of techniques for design of microwave and millimeter wave components and systems. Specific topics include filter, mixer, oscillator and amplifier performance and design. Design for specified frequency, noise, power, mixer or oscillator performance will be considered. Computer aided design techniques will be used.

COURSE DELIVERY:

The course delivery will be web-based with multimedia capture. Class will meet "live" occasionally for demonstrations and flipped activities.  Content will be captured for posting on the class Moodle page where reasonable.

MODULES AND BRIEF SYLLABUS:

The class will be taught as three modules which are more or less independent of each other. Each module will have approximately 6 lectures each nominally 75 minute long.

MODULE 1
RF and Microwave Modules

Passive and active RF and microwave modules. System design (Chapters 13, 14)

MODULE 2 Amplifiers

Amplifier design: linear, wideband, large signal. Switching amplfiers. Managing distortion. (Chapters 17, 18, 19)

MODULE 3     Oscillators

Oscillator and voltage controlled oscillator design (Chapter 20)

M6T1    Introductory Lecture

Module 1. SYSTEMS
M7T1 through M7T6 

Case Studies
Case Study 1) Transceiver System Design and Frequency Plannning 

Module 2. AMPLIFIERS
M8L1 through M8T5    

Case Studies
Case Study 1) Narrowband Linear Amplifier Design
Case Study 2) Wideband Amplifier Design
Case Study 3) Analysis of a Distributed Amplifier
Case Study 4) Distributed Biasing of a Pseudo-Differential Amplifier
Case Study 5) Design of a WiMAX Power Amplifier

Module 3. OSCILLATORS
M8L1 through M8T4

Case Studies:
Case Study 1 High Dynamic Range Down Converter Design
Case Study 2 Reflection Oscillator
Case Study 2 Design of a C-Band VCO
Case Study 4 Oscillator Phase Noise Analysis

COURSE REQUIREMENTS :

Homework: Approximately ten homework sets (10%).

Examinations: Three short quizzes 10% each (30%). 
Quiz 1:  Friday January 29, 2016
Quiz 2:  Friday March 18, 2016
Quiz 3:  Monday May 4, 2016

Projects: Three projects (20% each, one for each module). (60%)

Computer Software: Microwave Office (student download will be available). Go to go to: https://awrcorp.com/register/customer.aspx?univ to register for download. You do not need to run it on your own PC. The software is also available in NCSU's Virtual Computing Laboratory. Choose "AWR Design Environment"

Computer Facilities: Students are required to have an NC State EOS account to access the course Web Site.

COURSE OUTLINE BY TOPICAL AREAS:

Microwave systems, amplifiers, mixers, oscillators and switches.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center , Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. http://www.ncsu.edu/provost/offices/affirm_action/dss/

For more information on NC State's policy on working with students with disabilities, please see http://www.ncsu.edu/provost/hat/current/appendix/appen_k.html

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

All the provisions of the code of academic integrity apply to this course. In addition, it is my understanding and expectation that your signature on any test or assignment means that you neither gave nor received unauthorized aid.

GRADING POLICY

I expect that the grade break points will be as follows:

D-

50

D

63

D+

67

C-

70

C

73

C+

77

B-

82

B

83

B+

87

A-

90

A

93

A+

96