Lehrstuhl für Technische Elektronik
Technische Universität München (TUM) - Arcisstr. 21 - 80333 München

[EI78004] RF Integrated Circuit Design Lab



Based on a current research project for RF on-chip oscilloscopes, students create the design of a RF integrated circuit. Possible topics are Low-Noise Amplifiers (LNAs), Mixers, Voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs), Wide-band operational amplifiers, or High-speed Analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). The students are given basic information about the research project and parts of the RF integrated circuit. The students receive a handout containing the basic conditions of the circuit they have to build and the specifications they have to meet. The circuit design is carried out with the help of computer simulations in 40nm CMOS technology using Cadence and Matlab.


Students are working in groups of 3 persons autonomously guided by a PhD-Student. The students have to hand in a lab report in which they demonstrate their knowledge about advanced RF integrated circuit design and applying the required simulation programs Matlab and Cadence. A final presentation with discussion concludes the examination of this module, where the students demonstrate their ability of creating a RF integrated circuit fulfilling the given specifications by simulation.

Previous Knowledge

Advanced knowledge of analog circuits and basic knowledge of high speed and RF integrated circuits as well as first experiences in Cadence / circuit design tools is mandatory. The following module is strongly recommended to be visited: [EI7587] Analog Integrated Circuits for Mobile Communication and Power Management. Successful participation in basic analog / mixed-signal IC design labs is also strongly recommended.

Introduction Meeting

The introduction meeting takes place on 25.04.2016 from 10:00-11:00 in room N5311. In the introduction meeting the topics are introduced and the groups are formed. Spots that become available are allocated to students from the waiting list!


Eugen Egel

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