Integrated Circuits for Radio Applications

Module Number: CIT4430002

Duration: 1 Semester

Occurence: Winter semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Amelie Hagelauer

Amount of work

Contact hours: 60

Self-study hours: 90

Total: 150

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

A written exam (60 min) at the end of the course will test the most important points and concepts of integrated circuits for radio applications. This includes circuit interrelationships on transistor and system level, which can be reproduced, understood and applied. In addition, the correct selection of concepts for various applications with advantages and disadvantages is queried

Prerequisites (recommended)

Electronic Circuits

Intended Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the course, the students can understand the basic concepts and circuits which are necessary to realize radio applications using integrated circuits. Additionally, they are able to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of several circuit concepts and can choose the best suited circuits for the applications. Furthermore, the students learn basic necessities and possibilities for integration of circuits in radio applications.


1. Introduction
2. Frontend
3. Smith Chart, S-Parameters & Impedance Matching
4. RF Basics
5. Transistors & Technologies
6. Passive Devices
7. Basic Amplifiers
8. Low-Noise Amplifiers
9. Power Amplifiers
10. Low-Power Integrated Design
11. Mixer
12. Oscillators

The lecture is held once a week during the semester. The practice will be done towards the end of the semester for three whole days as a practical course, where the students will simulate circuits for radio applications.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lecture in presence, the exercise is held as a block in which the circuits covered are designed and simulated with Cadence Virtuoso under guidance. The practical work with the standard simulation tools provides a deeper understanding of the concepts and circuits. The exercise is held as a block in order to use the familiarization time more efficiently.


Slides of lectures + script for practical course

Reading list

F. Ellinger: Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits and Technologies
W. Sansen: Analog Design Essentials