EE4605 Integrated Circuits and Systems for Wireless Applications

Topics: Design and analysis of typical RF IC building blocks in a wireless transceiver

This course targets the design of integrated circuits and systems for wireless applications. Upon completion, you are able to design and analyze IC’s for wireless systems.

The course starts with the discussion of analogue intensive wireless systems. With this knowledge, we step to the (RF)IC implementation level and provide detailed / dedicated design techniques/considerations for:

  • Wireless receiver and transmitter architectures (HW1)
  • Low-noise, high linearity RF Mixers
  • Amplifier classes and the design of energy efficient transmitters (HW3).
  • on-chip high Q-passive components, capacitors, varactors, inductors, transformers and transmission lines
  • Voltage controlled RF oscillators with low phase noise (HW4)
  • ESD protection, on-chip isolation, IC floor / IO planning and testing

Exercises and projects are simulation-based using Cadence and Keysight’s-ADS simulator. Aspects of packaging, CAD and RF testing relevant to wireless / mm-wave design are also emphasized.

Study Goals


  • Understand the philosophy behind various wireless transceiver architectures
  • To understand the full design-cycle from wireless concept, RFIC design, to the final testing
  • Master the integration techniques for wireless components, circuits and systems
  • Being able to analyze and design integrated RF transceiver front-end circuits, like LNAs, mixers VCO’s and PAs.
  • To become familiar with typical computer-aided design tools used to design RF integrated circuits and systems like Cadance and Keysight’s ADS

Education Method: Lectures + design related homework

Literature and Study Materials: Hand-outs+recommended books ( Behzad Razavi 2nd edition )

Assessment: RF design related homework’s (50% final grade) + written exam (50% final grade)

Remark: More details are available on Blackboard, to participate this course, please enroll.



prof.dr. Leo de Vreede

RF, Microwave, Power Amplifiers, Device Characterization & modeling

dr. Marco Spirito

(Sub)mm-wave electronics components and systems, (Sub)mm-wave characterization techniques and test benches, advanced RF calibration concepts for room-temperature and cryogenic applications.

Last modified: 2022-06-19


Credits: 5 EC
Period: 0/0/3/0
Contact: Leo de Vreede