Jan 28, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EE 425 - Radio Frequency Circuit Design

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course provides an introduction to fundamental radio-frequency (RF) design techniques. The emphasis is placed on the physical understanding of high-frequency phenomena, their practical applications, and the unique challenges of RF design and testing. Computer-aided engineering software is used to reinforce lecture and laboratory topics. (prereq: EE 3212 or EE 3214 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze and design RF inductors and tank circuits
  • Diagnose and address shield current issues
  • Design lumped component matching networks
  • Design transmission line matching networks
  • Analyze and design a class-C amplifier
  • Design microstrip filter circuits
  • Analyze and design a single stage RF amplifier
  • Learn how to use basic RF test equipment

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Electromagnetic field theory
  • Electronic devices and circuits
  • Transmission line theory

Course Topics
  • Resonant circuits and applications (3 classes)
  • RF models of inductor, capacitor, and resistor (2 classes)
  • Lumped element matching networks (3 classes)
  • Transmission lines, S-parameters, and Smith chart review (3 classes)
  • Transmission line matching networks (2 classes)
  • Class-C amplifier analysis (2 classes)
  • Microstrip filters (2 classes)
  • Noise figure (1 class)
  • Examinations (2 classes)

Laboratory Topics
  • RF/Microwave CAD software (2 sessions)
  • Demonstration and practice the modern test equipments (2 sessions)
  • Resonant circuits
  • Coupled resonant circuits
  • Class-C amplifier
  • Baluns
  • PIN diodes

Dr. Steven Holland

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