Microwave Engineering II: Active Circuit Design
Catalog Data: 

Graduate Course Information

ECE 588 - Microwave Engineering II

Credits: 3.00

Course Website:

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UA Catalog Description:

Course Assessment:

Homework:  8 – 10 assignments

Project:  1 project

Exams:  3 Midterm Exams, 1 Final Exam

Grading Policy:

Typically: 45% Midterms,

                  25% Final Exam,

                    15% Homework

                    15% Laboratory / Project.

Course Summary:

ECE 486/586 is structured to provide all students with the fundamental concepts and techniques associated with RF/microwave/wireless active circuit design.  Successful completion of this course will allow students to design and evaluate active microwave circuits including various amplifiers, mixers, multipliers, etc., as well as comprehend and analyze more advanced material in the field of microwave engineering.  Microwave engineering is growing in importance with each passing year.  It has application to the wireless industry and to high density electronic packaging for computer systems with fast clock speeds.  Some common applications of microwave circuits include communication systems (e.g., satellite-to-ground link), mobile phones and wireless local-area-network, radar, navigation and guidance systems (e.g., GPS), antennas, radio astronomy, electronic warfare, remote sensing, and biomedical devices.

Graduate Standing

Microwave and RF Design – A System Approach, Michael Steer, SciTech Publishing

Suggested Readings: Microwave Transistor Amplifiers 2nd Edition, Guillermo Gonzales, Prentice-Hall, 1997.

Course Topics: 

● Various modulation schemes

● Basics of wireless transmitters and receivers

● Basics of Antennas and wireless link

● Fundamentals of RF systems

● Design various matching networks

● Design single-ended, balanced, and sub-harmonic microwave mixers

● Design single-stage microwave amplifiers for maximum gain performance

● Design microwave low-noise amplifiers

● Design broadband and high power microwave amplifiers

● Design multi-stage microwave amplifiers

● Design DC bias networks for microwave amplifiers

● Understand basics of microwave transistor oscillators

● Evaluate the performance of various active microwave circuits based on their characteristics

Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Lecture:  150 minutes/week

Laboratory:  Open Schedule (3 labs/semester)

Prepared by: 
Hao Xin
Prepared Date: 
April 2013

University of Arizona College of Engineering