Monolothic Microwave ICs for High-Speed Systems - ENGB 7012


Undergraduate knowledge of analog circuit design and RF engineering principles


Nearly all radio frequency (RF) systems now use integrated circuits (ICs) in their frontends, easing their assembly, reducing size and weight, and frequently (but not always) lowering cost. This course will introduce you to the most important building blocks found in monolithic microwave ICs (MMICs), such as

  • low-noise and wideband amplifiers
  • passive and active mixers
  • oscillators, including frequency and phase stabilization techniques
  • baluns and quadrature generation


In addition, we will cover important aspects not commonly found in courses on IC design:

  • the effect of packaging on MMIC performance, and how to anticipate and compensate packaging parasitics
  • Radio frequency micro-electro-mechanical structures (RFMEMS) and how they may integrate with MMICs in the future.


Case studies will show you how the building blocks may be combined on chip to form complex multi-functional chips. Lab exercises introduce you to the industry-leading microwave CAD environment ADS and design methods for amplifiers, mixers, and oscillators.




Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Schumacher




Wann & Wo

Start:       summer term



Umfang / Credits

SWS:               3 L + 1 T

Credit Points:  6