RF Circuits and Systems
The 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 them with the expertise required to excel in this chosen field.
Monday 8 - Friday 12 July 2019
By joining some of the foremost experts in the field of RF engineering, delegates will quickly be given the tools to get to grips with the major aspects of RF circuit and system design.
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.
Delegates will obtain an understanding of the technologies behind transmitter and receiver design including small signal RF amplifiers, synthesisers and PA design. 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.
The course material progresses to an advanced level equivalent to that required to an MSc module. This course can also form part of the Modular MSc in Electronic Engineering. Please contact the CE office for further details. Numbers on this course are limited in order to give ample time to students in the CAD sessions and practical laboratories while also gaining the necessary support from tutors.
The course is usually very popular so early booking is advised.
Please note that this syllabus can be changed at the University of Surrey's discretion.
RF Transmission Lines – Dr Charles Free
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.
Planar Circuit Design – Dr Charles Free
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.
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.
CAD Laboratory: Smith Chart and Matching – Dr Tim Brown
Experimentation with the Smith chart and lumped elements using computer aided design software.
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.
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.
RF Receivers – Dr Tim Brown
Regenerative, tuned radio and superheterodyne receivers. Mixer products. Noise and noise figure. Noise matching.
CAD 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.
RF Power Amplifiers – Dr Peter King
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.
PA Linearisation – Dr Peter King
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.
RF Noise and Measurement Laboratory – Dr Tim Brown
Measurement and tuning of simple lumped element RF band pass filters. Measurement of RF noise and low noise amplifiers.
Vector Network Analyser Measurements – Nick Ridler
Network Analyser Basics; Coaxial Cables & Connectors; Calibration Methods; Calibration in Coaxial line; On-wafer Measurements Overview; On-wafer calibration
Mixers and Modulation – Prof Mike Underhill
Intermediate Frequency Filters. Mixers, intermodulation, phase noise effects in mixers.
Software Radio Basics and Demo – Prof Mike Underhill
Receiver architecture. Signal representation. Modulation spectra. Bandwidth and noise. Digital filtering. Software defined radio receiver demonstration.
Oscillators and Frequency Synthesisers – Prof 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.
RF Filters – Dr Charles Free
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.
Tutorial/Lab Visit – Dr Charles Free and 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.
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 & applications.
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 silicon designs are introduced.
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).
This is a week long course, from Monday 8 - Friday 12 July 2019.
Please note: Course notes will be available in electronic format (pdf) via dropbox and/or USB stick prior to the course start date.
Price per person, including lunch and refreshments:
Non IET members:
- £1900 - Standard rate
- £1750 - Early bird rate for payment received one month before the course start date.
For IET Members (proof of membership needed):
- £1900 - Standard rate
- £1650 - 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.
|9:00-10:30||1. RF Transmission Lines||6. Transistor Circuits and Automatic Gain Control||
11. Software Radio Basics and Demo
|16. RF Antennas and Propagation||21. RF Amplifier Design|
|Dr Charles Free||Dr Tim Brown||Professor Mike Underhill||Dr Tim Brown||Prof. Ian Robertson|
|11:00-12:30||2. Planar circuit design||7. Receivers and Mixers I||
12. Oscillators and Frequency Synthesisers
|17. RF Power Amplifiers||22. RFICS and MMICS|
|Dr Charles Free||Prof. Mike Underhill||Professor Mike Underhill||Dr Peter King||Prof. Ian Robertson|
|13:30-15:00||3. The Smith Chart and lumped element circuit matching||8. Receivers and Mixers II||13. Lab Groups *||18. Power Amplifier Linearisation||23. Transceivers and Handsets|
|Dr Tim Brown||Prof. Mike Underhill||Dr Peter King||Prof. Ian Robertson|
|15:30-17:30||4. CAD Laboratory: Smith Chart and Matching||9. CAD Low Noise Amplifier Design Laboratory||14. Lab Groups *||19. RF Filters||END|
|Dr Tim Brown||Dr Tim Brown||Dr Charles Free|
|17:30-18:45 approx.||5. CAD Laboratory: Smith Chart and Matching (Contd.)||10. CAD Low Noise Amplifier Design Laboratory (cont)||15. Lab Groups/MSc Tutorial *||10. Tutorial/Lab Visit|
|Dr Tim Brown||Dr Tim Brown||19:30 Course Dinner at the Rum Wong|
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