ECE 404: Radio Frequency Electronic Circuits is a 3-credit course taught at Michigan State University for Electrical and Computer Engineering majors. There are three 50-minute lectures per week. The catalog description for this course is: Radio frequency active and passive circuit design. Impedance matching for specific bandwidths. Tuned amplifier, filter, mixer, and oscillator analysis. The prerequisites for this course are ECE 302, ECE 303 and ECE 305.
The companion textbooks used in this course are :
C. Bowick, RF Circuit Design, Newnes, 1997, ISBN:0-7506-9946-9
G. Gonzalez, Microwave Transistor Amplifiers: Analysis and Design, Prentice Hall, 1997
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Resonant Circuits
1.1 Review of Phasors
Vector Representation of Sinusoids, Euler’s Formula, Complex Numbers, Rectangular and Polar Form, Phasor Transform, Inverse Phasor Transform, Addition- Subtraction- Multiplication-Division of Complex Numbers, Impedance, Admittance, Phasor Circuit Analysis, SPICE, Resonant Frequency of an Impedance.
1.2 Review of Bode Diagrams
Product of Terms, Decibel, First-Order Inspections Forms, Making Log Paper and Reading Points, Audio Frequency Inverting Amplifier, Second-Order Inspection Forms, RLC Low-Pass Filter, Hiss Filter, RLC High-Pass Filter, RLC Band-Pass Filter, RLC Band-Stop Filter.
1.3 Series Resonance
1.4 Parallel Resonance
Lossless Components, Band-Pass Filter, Band-Pass Filter with Load.
Resistivity of Wire, AWG, Wire Inductance, Equivalent Circuit of a Resistor, Equivalent Circuit of a Capacitor, Insulation Resistance, Dissipation Factor, Quality Factor, Self Resonance of a Capacitor, Equivalent Circuit of an Inductor, Effective Series Resistance, Self Resonance of an Inductor, Dissipation Factor, Quality Factor, Air-Core Inductor.
1.6 Series-to-Parallel Transformations
Series-to-Parallel Inspection Formulas.
1.7 Insertion Loss
Definition of Insertion Loss, Maximum Power Transfer.
1.8 Impedance Transformations
Ideal Transformer, Tapped Capacitor Circuit, Performance Analysis with Pspice, Goal Functions, Tapped Inductor Circuit, Mutual Inductance, Coefficient of Coupling, Reflected Impedance.
Chapter 1: Supplemental Problems and Solutions
S1.1, S1.2, S1.3, S1.4, S1.5, S1.6, S1.7, S1.8, S1.9, S1.10, S1.11, S1.12, S1.13, S1.14, S1.15, S1.16, S1.17, S1.18, S1.19, S1.20, S1.21
Chapter 2: Impedance Matching
Complex Maximum Power Transfer, Impedance Matching.
2.2 The L Network
Low-Pass Configurations, High-Pass Configurations, Design Equations, Parasitic Effects.
2.3 Three-Element Matching
Pi-Network, Four Filter Configurations, T-Network, Four Filter Configurations.
2.4 Smith Chart
Impedance Properties, Plotting Impedance Values, Impedance Scaling, Impedance Manipulation, Admittance Properties, Admittance Manipulation, Conversion of Impedance to Admittance.
2.5 Impedance Matching on the Smith Chart
Two-Element Matching, Three-Element Matching, T-Networks, Pi-Networks.
Chapter 2: Supplemental Problems and Solutions
S2.1, S2.2, S2.3, S2.4
Chapter 3: Small-Signal RF Amplifiers
3.1 BJT Equivalent Circuits
Giacoletto Model, Gain-Bandwidth-Product, SPICE, DC Results, AC – Mid-Band Results, AC – High Frequency Results, Miller Effect.
3.2 Two-Port Parameters
Y-Parameters, H-Parameters, Chain Parameters, Interconnection of Two-Ports, Parallel Input – Parallel Output, Chain-Connection.
3.3 Transmission Line Concepts
Distributed Circuit Model, Lossless Transmission Line, Characteristic Impedance, Wave Functions, Incident Wave, Reflected Wave, Reflection Coefficient, Voltate-Standing-Wave Ratio, Matched Transmission Line, Shorted Transmission Line, Open Transmission Line, Quarter-Wave Transmission Line, SPICE model, Lossy Transmission Line, Scattering Parameters, T-Parameters, Shifting of Reference Planes, Properties of Scattering Parameters, Stability, Transducer Power Gain, Two-Port Analysis.
3.4 Characteristics of Microwave Transistors
Scattering Parameter Analysis.
3.5 The Smith Chart
Derivation of the Smith Chart, Transmission Line Input Impedance, Load Reflection Coefficient and VSWR, Transistor Scattering Parameters with Ansoft Designer.
Chapter 3: Supplemental Problems and Solutions
S3.1, S3.2, S3.3, S3.4, S3.5, S3.6, S3.7, S3.8, S3.9, S3.10, S3.11, S3.12, S3.13, S3.14, S3.15, S3.16, S3.17
Chapter 4: Small-Signal RF Amplifier Design
4.1 Designing with Y-Parameters
Linvill Stability Factor, Stern Stability Test, Maximum Available Gain, Transducer Gain, Simultaneous Conjugate Matching, Designing with Potentially Unstable Transistors, Generating Two-Port Parameters with Ansoft Designer.
Chapter 4: Supplemental Problems and Solutions
S4.1, S4.2, S4.3, S4.4, S4.5, S4.6
Chapter 5: Oscillator Circuits
5.1 Introduction to Sinusoidal Oscillators
5.2 Phase Shift Oscillator
Conditions for Oscillation
5.3 Wien Bridge Oscillator
Conditions for Oscillation, Stablizer
5.4 Colpitts Oscillator
Conditions for Oscillation, Biasing, Design of 10.7 MHz Oscillator
Appendix A: Transients
Reflections, Multiple Reflections Algorithm, Graphical Algorithm, Non-Linear Loads