EE8123 / ELE804 - Radio-Frequency Circuits and Systems

Dr. Fei Yuan
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jan. 2016

  1. Tentative Course outline (click here)

    • Architecture of RF transceivers

      • Architecture of RF receivers
      • Architecture of RF transmitters

    • Impedance transformation

      • Maximum power transfer theorem
      • Two-port parameters
      • Impedance transformation

    • Low-Noise Amplifiers (LNAs)

      • Foundamentals of noise
      • Minimum noise figure
      • Topology of LNAs

    • Mixers

      • Foundamentals
      • Classification of mixers
      • Topology of mixers

    • Power amplifiers

      • Class A power amplifiers
      • Class B power amplifiers
      • Class C power amplifiers
      • Class D power amplifiers
      • Class E power amplifiers
      • Class F power amplifiers

    • Frequency synthesizers

      • Phase-locked loops
      • Frequency dividers
      • Integer-N frequency synthesizers
      • Fractional-N frequency synthesizers

  2. Teaching team

    • Instructor : Fei Yuan, Professor.
    • Teaching Assistant of ELE804 : Jean-Claude Clark, MASc. candidate

  3. Grading schemes

    • ELE804 grading scheme

      1. Laboratory projects : 30%
      2. Mid-term examination : 30%
      3. Final examination : 40%

    • ELE 8123 grading scheme

      1. Laboratory projects : 30%
      2. Mid-term examination : 30%
      3. Final examination : 40%

  4. Text book and course materials

    1. Thomas H. Lee, The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Second Edition, Cambridge Press, 2003.
    2. B. Razavi, RF Microelectronics, 2nd edition, Prentice-Hall, 2012
    3. Published scientific papers.

  5. Laboratory Projects

    1. No laboratory in the first three weeks of the term.
    2. Laboratories will be supervised by the Teaching Assistant. Laboratory project reports will be graded by the Teaching Assistant.
    3. Laboratory Project Manual :

  6. Assignments

    A set of exercise assignments will be distributed over the term. Although these exercise assignments will not have a weight in the final grade of the course, it is important for you to complete these exercise assignments as they will play an essential role in both the mid-term and final examinations of the course.

  7. Projects

    Project reports must be prepared in a single-column double-space format, and must contain the following :

    • Title page - Title of the project, authors' name, and course name.
    • Abstract - Abstract of the project report (5%).
    • Table of contents - list of chapters, sections, and subsections of the project report (5%).
    • List of figures - list of all figures in the project report (5%).
    • List of tables - list of all tables in the project report (5%).
    • Main body of the project report (60%).
      • Background studies - An extensive background study of the system to be designed is required. A literature review must be included in the project report (20%).
      • Schematic-level design - The schematic-level design must be simulated using Spectre from Cadence Design Systems Inc. All schematics of the design must be included in the project report. The dimensions of all transistors and devices must be tabulated explicitly and included in the project report. All simulation results must be included in the project report (50%).
      • All schematics and figures must be embedded in the main body of the report.
    • References - list of the books, journal papers, conference papers, and other publications used in the project report. References must be listed using IEEE reference styles. You need to take a look at IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I - Regular Papers and IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits for IEEE reference styles on books, journal papers, conference papers, and technical reports (10%).

  8. Lecture location & schedule

    1. Lecture location : DSQ14 Theatre.
    2. Lecture schedule : Friday 10:00-13:00. (three 50-minute lectures with two 10-minute breaks)

  9. Office hours

    • Prof. F. Yuan : Friday : 2-3 pm. Location : ENG 433
    • Jean-Claude Clark : TBD. Location : ENG 402