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Code EL 480
Term 201001
Title Special Topics in Microelectronics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Subject Microelectronics(EL)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Yasar Gurbuz,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Recitation,Laboratory
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Simulation


Undertanding of the design, analysis and implementation of radio frequency integrated circuits and systems (RFICs) for communications is the major objective of this course.

Learning Outcome

Undertanding of the design and analysis of radio frequency integrated circuits and systems (RFICs) for communications is the major outcome of this course. To contibute to this major outcome, students will learn, in this course,
- Understanding the enabling integrated circuit technology and devices
- Understanding the differences between standard CMOS devices and high-speed, high frequency and high power devices
- understanding the basics of RF circuits and systems; such as
nonlinearity, sensitivity, dynamic range, matching and impedance transformation networks, S-parameters.
- Understanding transceiver architectures (Heterodyne, Direct Conversion, etc.) and their building blocs.
- Understanding of how to desing RF Integrated Systems, such as transceivers, and building blocks; these include
** Low Noise Amplifiers, using integrated circuit design / implementation methodology
** Mixers, using integrated circuit design / implementation methodology
** Oscillators, using integrated circuit design / implementation methodology
** Frequency Synthesizers, using integrated circuit design / implementation methodology
** Power Amplifiers, using integrated circuit design / implementation methodology

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 2
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 3
4 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 4
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team. 4
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Possess and apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. 5
2 Design and conduct research, do experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data. 5
3 Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. 5
4 Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 5
5 Analyze, design and model engineering systems, components and processes. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 20
Individual Project 40
Homework 5
Recommended or Required Reading

"Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design"
Second Edition, Artech House microwave library
"John W. M. Rogers, John W. M. Rogers and Calvin Plett"
Artech House, 2010
ISBN: 1607839792, 9781607839798


1.)RF Microelectronics, Behzad Razavi [Strongly Suggested]
2.)The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Thomas H. Lee