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In the first part of this course modern microelectronic circuits are covered and in the second part these circuits are used in practical applications. Topics include: active and passive filtering circuits, baseband and high-frequency signal generation, low phase-noise oscillators using Quartz crystals and dielectric resonators, power amplifiers, discussion of power gain, linearity, and efficiency, frequency mixers and multipliers, phase-locked loops, clock recovery circuits, biological sensors, neurostimulator circuits, biotelemetery communications systems, backscatter modulators and RF-to-DC power converters for radio-frequency identification (RFID), radar imaging systems, radiometer circuits for earth surface mapping.

Prerequisites for this course: ELEC 323 or MATH 335, ELEC 353

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
  • Design passive lumped-element filtering networks having a Butterworth or Tchebyshev response and an arbitrary number of components.
  • Design high-frequency and tunable active filters using operational transconductance amplifiers (OTA's)
  • Design Colpitts oscillators, and low phase-noise oscillators such as crystal oscillators and dielectric resonator oscillators.
  • Understand the fundamental design parameters for power amplifiers such as: power added efficiency, output power compression, linearity, and linearization techniques.
  • Design frequency mixer circuits using diodes and transistors. Understand mixer terminology such as conversion loss/gain, 1-dB compression point, linearity, and the difference between single and double-balanced mixers and their respective advantages.
  • Analyze the transient and steady-state operation of a phase locked loop. Be able to design a PLL to have a specified overshoot due to a step change in input phase or frequency.
  • Understand the operation of various biological sensors, neurostimulators, and implantable medical devices.
  • Understand how biotelemetry systems using ASK, FSK, or BPSK modulation work.
  • Design the basic components of an RFID transmit-receive system. Understand the operation of backscatter modulators. Design an RF-to-DC power conversion system.
  • Understand the operation of radar imagers and radiometers systems that are used in surface mapping and weather prediction systems.
Credit Breakdown

Lecture: 3
Lab: 0.25
Tutorial: 0

Academic Unit Breakdown

Mathematics 0
Natural Sciences 0
Complementary Studies 0
Engineering Science 18
Engineering Design 21