RF Circuits and Systems

This course has been specifically designed to cover the major elements relevant to engineers working or starting out in the radio frequency (RF) field and should provide you with the expertise required to excel in this chosen field.

Venue

University of Surrey

Dates

July 2020 - please check for updates as we hope to have the confirmed dates very soon!

Number of days

Five weekdays

Hours of study

9am - 6:45pm

Course overview

By joining some of the foremost experts in the field of RF engineering, you will quickly be given the tools to get to grips with the major aspects of RF circuit and system design. You will obtain an understanding of the technologies behind transmitter and receiver design including small signal RF amplifiers, synthesisers and PA design.

The course is usually very popular so early booking is advised.

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for delegates wishing to consolidate and upgrade their RF knowledge to improve their effectiveness in implementing and using RF systems in the radio industry. The format of the course is such that even those with only a rudimentary understanding of the topic will quickly be brought up to speed.

Gaining a masters degree

This course can also form part of the MSc Electronic Engineering via short courses. The purpose of the course is to encourage those working in industry to continue with their professional development without necessitating an expensive career break.

The modular approach means that you can choose your own pace of study to fit in with your work commitments. You can elect to undertake assessment for this course should you so wish, these assessments are mainly by examination

15 credits towards the MSc in Electronic Engineering can be awarded once you have successfully completed this short course.

Course details

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9am

1. RF transmission lines

Dr Tim Brown

6. Transistor circuits and automatic gain control

Dr Tim Brown

11. Software radio basics and demo
 

Professor Mike Underhill

16. Classes and Types of Power Amplifiers

Dr Tim Brown

20. Non linear characteristics of Power Amplifiers

Dr Tim Brown

10:30am Break Break Break Break Break
11am

2. Planar circuit design

Dr Tim Brown

7.  Receivers and mixers I

Professor Mike Underhill

12. Oscillators and frequency synthesisers

Professor Mike Underhill

 

17. RF amplifier design 

Professor Ian Robertson

21. RF Filters

 

Dr Tim Brown

12:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30pm

3. The Smith chart and lumped element circuit matching

Dr Tim Brown

8.  Receivers and mixers II

Professor Mike Underhill

13. Lab groups

18. RFICS and MMICS 

Professor Ian Robertson

22. RF Antennas and Propagation

Dr Tim Brown

3pm Break Break Break Break Break
3:30pm

4. CAD laboratory: Smith chart and matching

Dr Tim Brown and Wesley Buxton

9. CAD low noise amplifier design laboratory

Dr Tim Brown and Wesley Buxton

14. Lab groups

19. Transceivers and handsets

 

Professor Ian Robertson

END
5:30pm-6:45pm approx.

5. CAD laboratory: Smith chart and matching continued

Dr Tim Brown and Wesley Buxton

10. CAD low noise amplifier design laboratory continued

Dr Tim Brown and Wesley Buxton

15. Lab groups/MSc tutorial

20. Tutorial/lab visit

Dr Tim Brown and Christian Mattei

 
7:30pm     Course Dinner at the Rum Wong    

1. RF transmission lines – Dr Tim Brown

An introduction to the properties and characteristics of transmission lines for use at RF will be given. Included in the presentation will be an introduction to the Smith chart and its uses in RF circuit design.

2. Planar circuit design – Dr Tim Brown

The presentation will focus on microstrip, and the application of this technology for the design of RF circuits. The theory and design of some common matching circuits will be included, and the treatment extended to consider the design of planar lumped components.

3. The Smith chart and lumped element circuit matching – Dr Tim Brown

Smith chart principles and trajectories. Designing of lumped element L-matching networks using a Smith chart. Wideband PI- and T-networks.  

4 and 5. CAD laboratory: Smith chart and matching – Dr Tim Brown

Experimentation with the Smith chart and lumped elements using computer aided design software.

6. Transistor circuits and automatic gain control – Dr Tim Brown

Understanding bipolar junction transistors and field effect transistors and their usage in RF circuits. The long tail pair. Use of long tail pair in an automatic gain control. Applications of automatic gain control.

7 and 8. Receivers and mixers l and ll - Professor Mike Underhill

Intermediate frequency filters. Mixers, intermodulation, phase noise effects in mixers. Regenerative, tuned radio and superheterodyne receivers. Mixer products. Noise and noise figure. Noise matching.

9 and 10. CAD low noise amplifier design laboratory – Dr Tim Brown

This laboratory covers a number of aspects of RF amplifier design, in particular matching, stability, gain and noise figure. Measurement and tuning of simple lumped element RF band pass filters. Measurement of RF noise and low noise amplifiers.

11. Software radio basics and demo – Professor Mike Underhill

Receiver architecture. Signal representation. Modulation spectra. Bandwidth and noise. Digital filtering. Software defined radio receiver demonstration.

12. Oscillators and frequency synthesisers – Professor Mike Underhill

Phase noise and time jitter. Phase lock loop principles, frequency synthesis. Phase comparator noise and noise sources in the phase lock loop. Types of phase comparator. Divider techniques. The anti jitter circuit.

16. RF antennas and propagation – Dr Tim Brown

Introduction to the key concepts of antennas: radiation patterns, gain, directivity, efficiency, polarisation, impedance. Simple free space propagation, multipath. Snell’s laws and ionospheric refraction. Fade margin.

17. RF power amplifiers – Dr Tim Brown

Overview of power amplifiers (PAs). Which technology? PA non-linearity and effect on waveform. PA efficiency and class. Introduction to class AB. Introduction to doherty. Highly efficient PA techniques. PA architectures. Reliability and thermal considerations.

18. Power amplifier linearisation – Dr Tim Brown

Why linearise? Modelling device non-linearity. Linearisation choices. Introduction to polar loop transmitter. Introduction to feed-forward linearisation. Introduction to digital pre-distortion. Practical considerations.

19. RF filters – Dr Tim Brown

The essential theory pertaining to RF filters will be reviewed. The presentation will include the practical design of planar filters using microstrip technology, and the work extended to consider the application of recent multilayer planar techniques for RF and microwave filter design.

20. Tutorial/lab visit – Dr Tim Brown

This session will be a continuation from the previous lectures covering useful tutorial problems. A laboratory visit will be conducted in the second half to the RF labs used in Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre.

21. RF amplifier design – Prof Ian Robertson

This lecture introduces the classical principles behind small-signal RF amplifier design - matching, stability, DC biasing, gain and noise figure circles. The lecture then covers practical design in a range of technologies and applications.

22. RFICs and MMICs – Prof Ian Robertson

This lecture introduces the key active and passive components for GaAs and Silicon IC design. The most common circuit topologies are introduced for amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, switches, variable attenuators and phase shifters. Finally, recent developments in millimetre-wave silion designs are introduced.

23. Transceivers and handsets – Prof Ian Robertson

This lecture considers the different architectures used for modern transmitters and receivers in mobile handsets. A number of practical solutions and chipsets are studied and some of the key off-chip RF components are considered - filters, the PA and switches (including MEMS).

Vector network analyser measurements – Nick Ridler

Network analyser basics; coaxial cables and connectors; calibration methods; calibration in coaxial line; on-wafer measurements overview; on-wafer calibration.

Fees

Price per person includes lunch, refreshments and course notes which will be provided on USB sticks and on Dropbox:

Non IET members
  • £1950 - Standard rate
  • £1850 - Early bird rate for payment received one month before the course start date.
For IET Members (proof of membership needed)
  • £1950 - Standard rate
  • £1750 - Early bird rate for payment received one month before the course start date.

How to apply

Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store. 

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

Payments will be accepted subject to availability. If making payment by credit card, please forward the transaction receipt by email to Barbara Steel.

Terms and conditions

  • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35 per cent of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65 per cent of the full fee.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds.
  • If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.
  • The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. Details of event changes or cancellations are available by phoning +44 (0)1483 686040.
  • Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received.
  • Substitutions from the same company may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager.
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged.
  • Registrations cannot be accepted without a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.
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Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Surrey
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Surrey
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