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EK2390 Project Course in Integrated Circuits for RF and Microwave Technology 7.5 credits

The main focus of this course is on hands-on activities aiming at providing comprehensive foundation for a complete RFIC and MMIC development process, ranging from designs, implementations and evaluations at both component and system levels. All students will have a unique learning experience augmented by industrial guest lectures, aiming at the development of their career and long-term interest in RF and microwave engineering. The course is jointly established and inspired by key industrial players in the Stockholm region utilizing RFIC and
MMIC technologies such as SAAB, Ericsson and Sivers Semiconductors.

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Application

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

Application code

60116

Headings with content from the Course syllabus EK2390 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The initial lectures on the fundamentals of RFIC/MMIC development with some design examples will be taught by academic staff that are qualified in the subject both in research and industrial applications. The course includes industrial guest lectures. During the project work, weekly progress meetings are held with the assigned teachers.

The course is completed with the final project report and the final presentations.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to

  • describe the underlying key technology of radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFIC) and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC)
  • describe the development chain of integrated circuits from specification, through design and simulation, creation of the photomask (tape-out), production to evaluation and measurement
  • design and simulate some important circuit blocks for high-frequency applications, e.g., power amplifiers, phase shifters and frequency mixers
  • analyse and estimate design requirements and limitations such as electromagnetic parasitic phenomena, intermodulation and non-linearity, power consumption, etc.
  • simulate RFIC/MMIC circuits by means of schematic and layout simulation tools
  • create a photomask for the designed circuits suitable for a selected manufacturing methodology
  • describe the manufacturing processes that form the basis for the chosen technology in the designed circuits
  • describe different measurement settings for different circuit parameter characterisation techniques
  • on a general level, characterise and evaluate integrated circuits with regard to their performance, such as amplification, bandwidth, signal reflection
  • validate the measurement results that have been received from the laboratory work
  • present and defend the results to a critical audience
  • work in a small team and take responsibility for the project plan from work breakdown to task assignment to the team members
  • give an account of the need of the labour market of this type of engineer competence
  • describe the sustainability aspects of modern microelectronics in particular regarding energy efficiency, choice of semiconductor material and product life cycle.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge in electrical circuit analysis, 7.5 higher education credits, equivalent to completed course EI1110/IE1206.

Knowledge in analogue electronics, 6 higher education credits, equivalent completed course IE1202/IE1207.

Recommended prerequisites

The course level is adapted to students enrolled in an engineering master's programme at KTH. The students must have basic knowledge of electric circuit theory, electronics or an equivalent basic education. It is also recommended that the students have some knowledge of electromagnetics.

Recommended prerequisites:

Knowledge of electromagnetic field theory, 9 credits, equivalent to completed course EI1320 or alternatively both courses EI1220 and EI1222.

Equipment

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Literature

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination

  • PROA - Project work, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • QUIA - Quiz, 0.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • RAPA - Report, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENA - Oral exam, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Compulsory attendance at the initial lectures.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Nutapong Somjit (somjit@kth.se)

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see:
http://www.kth.se/en/eecs/utbildning/hederskodex.