Laboratory on System Design for High-frequency and High-datarate Applications

Module Number:

Duration: one semester

Occurence: summer semester

Language: English

Amount of work

Contact hours: 60

Self-study hours: 90

Total: 150

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

The module assessment contains two parts:
An oral exam at the beginning of the semester (contributing 30%) and the evaluation of the project work (contributing 70% to the final grade).

A) In the oral exam, the students need to show their understanding of the theory on how to design, simulate and measure high speed circuits and systems. To acquire this knowledge a laboratory script will be handed out in advance.
B) The project work is designed to evaluate the skill in the context of the design of a wireless sensor node. Students will, with guidance by their teachers, design, simulate, and evaluate high-frequency electronic circuits. This will teach the students the process of advanced hardware design for embedded applications. The documented results will be presented, assessed and lead to the final grade.

Prerequisites (recommended)

1. Elektronische Schaltungen
2. Nachrichtentechnik
3. Einführung in die Hochfrequenztechnik
4. (Lecture) System design for high-frequency and high-datarate applications“

Intended Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the module, students gained basic knowledge on how to design, simulate, and evaluate advanced circuits for sensing and computing applications.
First, they are able to understand the fundamentals of high-frequency and high-datarate applications. Second, they can design and layout a schematics and printed-circuit boards for
the selected application. Finally, they can verify their system via simulation.


Today’s world as an electronics engineer requires advanced knowledge on system design. With the requirement of high data-rates in many applications, circuits complexity heavily impacts the performance of a system. Special care must be taken when designing high-frequency or high-datarate applications. In this lab course students will learn what to consider when designing such systems and how to design, simulate and evaluate a high-speed circuit.

Based on proposed lecture “System design for high-frequency and high-datarate applications“

Theoretical Content:
a. Fundamentals of high frequency applications
b. Introduction in system layout
c. Usage of design and sim tools

5 Computer exercises with Altium, CST/HFSS and ADS:
1. Schematic creation and validation
2. Layout and verification
3. Simulation and design of HF structures
4. Preparation of measurements
5. Measurements and Test

Teaching and Learning Methods

Basic understanding will be taught in an introduction lecture in advance. There, a laboratory manual will be handed out. Students will work through the theory part of the laboratory manual. At the beginning of the block course, an oral exam will be held, where the knowledge of the theoretical background will be tested.
The lab course will be held in a block of 5 consecutive exercises, where students learn with guidance how to design, simulate and evaluate high-frequency electronic circuits.


a) Lecture slides, scriptum, and laboratory manual.
b) CAD with Altium Designer, CST/HFSS and ADS simulation tools.

Reading List

Literature recommendations will be given in the introduction lecture.