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Active Microwave Circuits for Wireless Applications Active Microwave Circuits for Wireless Applications

In the era of software defined radios many people have access to the radio spectrum, and may even have an appreciation for the block diagram, but most do not understand the underlying technology. This course begins with a system perspective on radio design, considering overall performance metrics at the block diagram level. We then prototype a radio using pre-fabricated X-Microwave system blocks (pictured at left) which are sort of like Lego-blocks for RF and microwave designs. This allows students to rapidly prototype a working high performance radio, measure the performance of individual components, and then predict and validate the overall system performance. Throughout the semester we will study and design the various components in the radio including amplifiers, mixers, and oscillators. Students will learn to characterize their own components and then replace the various X-Microwave blocks with their own circuitry to see how specific circuit-design decisions effect overall system performance.

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Microwave Power Amplifier Design and Fabrication Microwave Power Amplifier Design and Fabrication

This course discusses the in-depth design of microwave power amplifiers that address the ever-present need for high output power, linearity and efficiency. Upon course completion students are able to make system design decisions (e.g., class of operation, topology, technology—Si, GaAs, GaN) based on performance objectives, realize detailed designs using industry standard CAD tools, perform electromagnetic simulations, fabrication, as well as linear and non-linear measurements of various microwave power amplifiers.

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