ECE 549 RF Design for Wireless

The design of the hardware aspects of wireless systems will be discussed with principal emphasis on the design of radio frequency (RF) and microwave circuitry. System concepts will first be introduced and then functional block design of a wireless system. Topics include RF and microwave transistors, noise, power amplifiers, CAE, linearization, and antennas. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

Undergraduate course in electromagnetic fields and electronic circuits or consent of instructor.

• Course Objectives

To introduce students to wireless radio frequency circuit and system design. The course complements courses dealing with the communication theoretic aspects of wireless communications. The course will establish a broad understanding of RF and microwave circuit and system design in this highly employable field.

• Course Outline

This course covers radio frequency and microwave frequency circuit and system design as it pertains to wireless communications. The course covers radio frequency and microwave design of wireless systems using a modern systems approach.

  • Modulation
  • Antennas and RF Link
  • Radio Frequency Systems
  • Transmission Lines
  • Coupled Lines
  • Microwave Network Analysis
  • Passive Components
  • Impedance Matching

• Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: Twenty One (21) assignments (10%)

PROJECT: One using microwave computer aided design software (Microwave Office), Filter design (15%)

EXAMINATIONS: Three quizzes (25% each)

• Textbook

Michael Steer, Microwave and RF Design: A Systems Approach, SciTech Publishing, 2nd Edition.
ISBN 978-1-61353-021-4

• Computer and Internet Requirements

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• Instructor

Dr. Michael B. Steer, Professor
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Monteith Engineering Res.Ctr 435, Box 7911
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7911

Phone: (919) 515-5191
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