Design of RF and microwave communication circuits

lelec2580  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Design of RF and microwave communication circuits
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Craeye Christophe; Janvier Danielle (coordinator);
Main themes
This course is a part of the "Microwaves" orientation in the Master in Electricity. LELEC2580 is dedicated to design of active emitting and receiving front-ends at RF and microwave frequencies.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 In consideration of the reference table AA of the program "master in electrical engineering ", this course contributes to the development, to the acquisition and to the evaluation of the following experiences of learning:
  • AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3
  • AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.4
  • AA3.2
  • AA4.1, AA4.2
  • AA5.2, AA5.3, AA5.4, AA5.5
  • AA6.1

After this course the students will be able to :
Design, simulate, draw  the layout and measure the various elements of an RF or microwave front end:
o low-noise amplifier
o Filters and matching circuits
o Mixer
o Oscillator
o Active antenna

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course will provide students with necessary knowledge and tools for designing RF and microwave active circuits. Topics addressed include:
  • Generalized S-parameters and design of matching circuits
  • Microwave models for transistors (equivalent circuits and noise parameters)
  • Design methodology for microwave amplifiers
  • Microwave and RF oscillators
  • Microwave and RF mixers
  • Beamforming architectures, narrow-band and UWB
  • Real-time processing for multiple-antenna systems
  • Applications to radar, RFID and MIMO systems
Teaching methods
The course includes
  • 12 theoretical lectures
  • Training modules with tutorial on ADS and IE3D softwares
  • A project, using ADS design program of Agilent, where each student individually has to design, simulate and measure an active device.
Evaluation methods
The examination is a project that is evaluated on the basis of a written report and a presentation, as well as a written examination.
Other information
LELEC2700 (Microwaves), and LELEC2910 (Antennas and propagation) are highly recommended previously to LELEC2580
  • Transparents disponibles sur Moodle
  • Livres de référence disponibles à la BST
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Physical Engineering

Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Electrical Engineering