Fall 2022: Radio-Frequency / Microwave IC design 

(this web page is at http://www.ece.ucsb.edu/Faculty/rodwell/Classes/ECE218A/ECE218A.htm)

Co: listed as ECE145a  (undergrad) and ECE218a (graduate)

 

DO NOT GO TO THE SCHEDULED LAB HOURS during the first week of classes. The laboratory/design content of the class is run on an independent basis. Design projects are assigned and a due date is given. Students work in the lab constructing and testing their designs, working in the lab at whatever time they find most suitable to work.

 

Last updated: 11/22/2022: Please hit the "Refresh" button to see recent updates to assignments, etc.

 

Changes:

Lab 3 checkoff: Nov 3--Dec 2

Lab 3 full report due:    Dec. 3.

 



 

Instructor.. 2

Lectures & Discussion Sections. 2

Extra evening sessions (makeup for travel, lab preparation, exam review): 2

Lab Hours and Design Projects. 2

Syllabus. 2

Exams & other important dates. 2

Teaching Assistants. 3

Teaching assistant hours in lab.. 3

Textbook.. 3

Lecture Notes. 4

Other Online Notes. 4

Problem sets: Fall 2022. 4

Homework, Lab, and Exam Solutions (this year): 5

Lab projects: Fall 2022. 5

CAD Resources. 6

Data and other references. 6

Exam Solutions and Example Exams (Past Years) 7

Technical References. 7

Utilities. 8

 

Instructor

Prof. Mark Rodwell

Office hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays  4-5 PM, ESB2205F

Lectures & Discussion Sections

Main Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1230-145 PM, Trailer 387, Room 1011
Discussion session with the TAs  On some weeks, review sessions or lab preparation seesions with the TAs will be scheduled. 

Extra evening sessions (makeup for travel, lab preparation, exam review):

There will be dates during the term which I must travel. There will often be a substitute lecturer on those days, but I will also schedule make-up lectures to re-cover the material to ensure consistent coverage.  

 

Date

Time

Location

Subject / Objective

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xx

xx

make-up lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lab Hours and Design Projects

The class design content will be in the form of a design project (circuit simulation and mask layout) and of a series of circuits you must design, construct on a PC board, and test.  You do not need to attend the lab hours posted in the Schedule of Classes.

 

Syllabus

here

Exams & other important dates

Mid-term Exam: Tuesday, November 8, 1230-145PM(same room as lecture)
Dead week:  Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Last Lecture:  Dec. 1.
Final Exam:  Monday December 5,    12 - 3 p.m.(same room as lecture)
(from https://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/calendars/calendars-deadlines/final-examinations/fall-final-examination-schedule  and
https://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/calendars/calendars-deadlines/academic-calendars/academic-calendar-for-2022-2023 )

Teaching Assistants                     

Name

Email address

Office Hours and location

Zain Kabir

zkabir@umail.ucsb.edu

lab: Tues, 5-6PM

Zachery Bloom

zbloom@umail.ucsb.edu

lab: Wed, 5-6PM

The office hours are for the TA to give you guidance with your projects and assignments. On weeks when lab projects are due, the regular office hour times will not held, and the TA will instead be in the lab to guide you.. The TA will email the class to set up times for these.

 

 

Please contact the TAs regarding HW solutions or grading.

 

Teaching assistant hours in lab

On weeks when students are working on lab projects, the hours below, in the lab, supersede the TA  offic hours above.

Oct 17

Oct 18

Oct 19

Oct 20

Oct 21

Zain 4-7 PM

Zach 2-8PM

checkoffs 1b

checkoffs 1b

checkoffs 1b

 

Oct 24

Oct 25

Oct 26

Oct 27

Oct 28

L2 training
Zain

5-7PM

L2 training
Zack

5-7PM

 

Oct 31

Nov 1

Nov 2

Nov 3

Nov 4

Lab 2 checkoff

lab 2 checkoff

lab 2checkoff

 

Nov 14

Nov 15

Nov 16

Nov 17

Nov 18

L3 training
Zain

5-7PM

L3 training
Zack

5-7PM

 

 

Nov 21

Nov 22

Nov 23

Nov 24

Nov 25

Zach 2-3PM

none

vacation

vacation

 

 

 

Nov 28

Nov 29

Nov 30

Dec 1

Dec 2

Zain 4-7PM

Zach 4-7PM

lab 3 checkoff

lab 3 checkoff

lab 3 checkoff

 

 

Textbook

A text is not required for this class. A *suggested* text for this class is

David M. Pozar,  Microwave Engineering, 4th edition.

 

Two other possible texts to refer to would be:

 

Thomas H. Lee: The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Second Edition

and

Guillermo Gonzalez Microwave Transistor Amplifiers: Analysis and Design (2nd Edition)

These can be purchased online, new or used, from many online vendors. 

 

Please feel free to purchase any one of these three texts, or none at all.

 

Please learn to access / search IEEE Explore (accessible without charge from UCSB IP addresses or with a UCSB Web account with proxy settings).  The technical literature is an excellent learning tool.

 

Lecture Notes

week

file / subject

comment

1

transmission_line_properties.pdf

 

2

two_port_parameters.pdf

3

impedance_matching.pdf

 

4

transmission_line_parasitics.pdf

5

device_models.pdf

signal_flow_graphs.pdf

 

6

power_gains.pdf

 

7

unilateral_design.pdf

two_port_stability.pdf

 

8

bilateral_design.pdf

9

class_A_power_amplifiers.pdf

10

noise_summary.pdf

*

analog_circuit_analysis.pdf

likely not covered

*

resistive_feedback_amplifiers.pdf

likely not covered

 

Other Online Notes

material

class

Baseband analog transistor circuit design

ECE137A_rodwell_2007

High-frequency analog transistor circuit design

ECE137b_rodwell_2007

Analog and mixed-signal IC design (senior/graduate level)

ECE124c_2007_rodwell

Prof. Longs' microwave class notes

ece145a_long_2007

Passive components: From Stanford EE344, Prof. McWhorter.

passive_component_description

 

Problem sets: Fall 2022

#

week

what

due

files

1

2

Basic Transmission-line theory

10/7/22
Friday

assignment:
ps1.pdf

updates:

2

3

Device models, 2-port parameters, cutoff frequencies.

10/21/22
Friday

assignment:

ps2_ADS.pdf

please work the tutorial as well.

tutorial: ads_tutorial_for_ps2.pdf

project file (zapped): ADS_for_218a_wrk.7zads

updates:

3

5

impedance-matching exercises

10/28/22
Friday

assignment:
ps3_match.pdf

updates:

4

5

unilateral  amplifier design

11/11/22
Friday

assignment:
ps4_unilateral.pdf

updates:

5

7

bilateral amplifier design

11/22/22
Friday

assignment:
ps5_bilateral_design.pdf

updates:

6

9

power amplifier design, low-noise design

not due; for final exam pre-paration.

assignment:

ps6_PA_LNA.pdf
class_PA_LNA_project.7zads

class_PA_LNA_project.zip

updates:

 

Homework, Lab, and Exam Solutions (this year):

a link to solutions will be posted here..

Lab projects: Fall 2022

Please see the notes below, in the CAD resources section, on interfacing to the network analyzer.

#

what

due

files

1a

Transmission-lines
Instruments

Passive  components

checkoff: Oct. 12-14

report:    Oct. 14

lab_1a_2022.pdf

updates:

1b

Transistor measurements

checkoff: Oct. 17-19

report:    Oct. 21

lab_1b_2022.pdf

updates:

2

impedance-matching networks

checkoff: Oct 31-Nov. 2

report:     Nov. 4

lab_2_2022.pdf

updates:

3

Reactively tuned amplifier

design report:
Nov. 22
checkoff: Nov 3--Dec 2

report:    Dec. 3.

lab3_2022.pdf

updates:

4

power amplifier (218a only)

checkoff:

report:   .

to be posted



updates:

 

 

 

CAD Resources

content

file

zapped and zipped ADS design directories (RF/microwave emphasis)

ADS_for_218a_wrk.7zads
ADS_for_218a_wrk.zip

zapped ADS design directory (mixed-signal emphasis)

ADS_for_class.zap

xx

xx

Tutorial on running ADS (RF/microwave emphasis)

ads_tutorial.pdf

interfacing ADS2015 with the NEWER network analyzer.

ADS_IP_Network Analyzer.pdf

interfacing ADS*2013* with the OLDER network analyzer.

DataExtraction5162D.pdf

interfacing ADS*2013* with the OLDER network analyzer.

Interfacing Network Analyzer with ADS Tutorial.pdf

correct file formats for .s2p files

touchstone_spec11.pdf

Problem sets and design projects in the class use the Agilent ADS microwave IC design environment. Access to ADS can be either through accounts in the ECI lab, or via the microwave teaching lab on the 5th Floor of Harold Frank Hall. If you are member of a research group in the ECE dept, you may well also have access to ADS via your group's PCs or Workstations---ask your Professor.

 

Data and other references

what

files

Transistor datasheet: MRF901

mrf_901_DATASHEET.pdf

Transistor datasheet: MRF951

MRF_951_datasheet.pdf

calibration coefficients: D5535E cal set

std_definitions_D5335E.html

info and calibration coefficients: D5535D cal set

85033D_cal_kit_info.pdf

regarding the meaning of cal coefficients

cal_kit_discussion.pdf

PC board CAD layout file for SMA pad

SMApad.p

chip inductor data sheet

0603cs.pdf

chip inductor SPICE model

spice_0603cs.pdf

 

 

Exam Solutions and Example Exams (Past Years)

Comment about solutions: these may occasionally have mistakes (which will have been corrected when exams were graded): if in doubt, please ask the instructor or the TAs.

year

exam

file

2009 (winter)

mid-term

ECE145A_MT_soln_W2009.pdf

2009 (winter)

final

ECE145_Final_soln_W2009.pdf

2011

mid-term

2011_midterm.pdf

2011_midterm_solution.pdf

2011_final_solution.pdf

2012

mid-term

ece145A_MT_soln_W2012.pdf

2013

mid-term

2013_MT.pdf
2013_MT_solution.pdf

2013

final

2013_final.pdf

2014

mid-term

2014_MT.pdf
2014_MT_solution.pdf

2014

final

2014_final.pdf

2014_final_solution.pdf

2015

mid-term

2015_MT.pdf
2015_MT_solution.pdf

2015

final

2015_final.pdf
2015_final_exam_solution.pdf

2016

mid term

2016_midterm.pdf

2016_MT_solution.pdf

2016

final

2016_final.pdf

2017

mid term

2017_145A_218A_midterm.pdf

2017

final

ece145a_final_2017.pdf
ece145a_final_solution_2017.pdf

2018

mid term

2018_Mid term solution.pdf

2018

 

 

2019

mid term

2019_midterm.pdf

2019_MidtermSolution.pdf

2019

final

2019_final.pdf 2019_final_solution.pdf

2021

mid term

2021_midterm_.pdf

2021_midterm_solution.pdf

2021

final

2021_final.pdf

2021_final_solution.pdf

 

Technical References

 

Utilities

impedance_admittance_smithchart.pdf

smith_chart.pdf