Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2010/11
Microwave electronics
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Electronic Engineering - Torino
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Telecommunications Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Ghione Giovanni ORARIO RICEVIMENTO PO ING-INF/01 40 0 20 0 13
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/01 6 C - Affini o integrative Attivitą formative affini o integrative
02LPX; 01NWE
Subject fundamentals
The course is taught in English.

Microwave Electronics (1st year LM, 2nd term) is a mandatory course in the curricula: RF design, Integrated Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices and Technologies, Wireless System design. It provides the basis for the computer aided design of analog circuits for RF, microwave and mm-waves, with particular attention to linear circuits.
Expected learning outcomes
' Knowledge of integrated technologies for RF, microwave and mm-wave active and passive devices.
' Ability to analyse linear two-ports from the stanpoint of power gains and stability
' Knowledge of linear and nonlinear models of active microwave transistors
' Ability to analyse an electronic circuits with noise sources and to design a loaded two-port in order to minimize the noise figure
' Knowledge of narrowband, wideband ad ultrawideband microwave amplifier solutions
' Ability to computer aided design linear high-gain and low-noise microwave amplifiers
' Knowledge of fundamental parameters of quasi-linear microwave power amplifiers
' Ability to design and optimize simple narrowband power amplifiers.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Fundamentals of analog electronics, transmission line theory, scattering parameters basics, basics on random processes.
' Enabling technologies for analog RF, microwave and millimeter wave analog integrated systems, recalls on transmission
lines and distributed and concentrated integrated components [10h]
' Analysis of loaded two-port with S-parameter representation, stability and gains [5h]
' Basics on active devices for micowaves and millimeter waves, small-signal models, large-signal models [5h]
' Noise in electronic circuits, two-port noise parameters, active device noise models. [10h]
' Design of maximum gain linear amplifiers, design of low-noise amplifiers; examples of microwave and mm-wave topologies: open loop, balanced, feedback, distributed, with inductive degeneration. Basics of class-A power amplifiers. [10h]
CAD laboratories:
' Simulation and optimization of passive microwave integrated circuits through MWOFFICE
' Simulation and optimization of maximum gain amplifiers
' Design and layout of a single-stage microwave amplifier.
Delivery modes
The course includes a few CAD labs devoted to practicing a software for the analysis and optimization of analog linear and nonlinear circuits (MWOFFICE). The CAD lab will include several steps, from the analysis and design of simple passive structures, till the design (including the layout) of a single-stage ampliers. Numerical problems will be proposed during the lectures.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Lecture slides and a trace of the CAD labs is available. A reference text (in Italian for the moment) also exists, : G.Ghione, M. Pirola, 'Elettronica delle microonde', Otto editore, 2002 (also available as an ebook).
Assessment and grading criteria
A set of tests and numerical examples is available to the students; the final test includes the solution of selected questions and numerical problems (typically in written form with weight [2/3] and a CAD lab test consisting in the simulation of a linear amplifier (weight [13]).

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2010/11

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