Dr. Michael Steer

Dr. Michael B. Steer

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone: 919-515-5191
Fax: 919-515-2285
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ECE 549 RF Design for Wireless

3 Credit Hours

The design of the hardware aspects of wireless systems will be discussed with principal emphasis on the design of radio frequency (RF) and microwave circuitry. System concepts will first be introduced and then functional block design of a wireless system. Topics include RF and microwave transistors, noise, power amplifiers, CAE, linearization, and antennas.


Undergraduate course in electromagnetic fields and electronic circuits or consent of instructor.

Course Objectives

To introduce students to wireless radio frequency circuit and system design. The course complements courses dealing with the communication theoretic aspects of wireless communications. The course will establish a broad understanding of RF and microwave circuit and system design in this highly employable field.

Course Outline

This course covers radio frequency and microwave frequency circuit and system design as it pertains to wireless communications. The course covers radio frequency and microwave design of wireless systems using a modern systems approach.

  • Modulation
  • Antennas and RF Link
  • Radio Frequency Systems
  • Transmission Lines
  • Coupled Lines
  • Microwave Network Analysis
  • Passive Components
  • Impedance Matching

Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: Twenty One (21) assignments (10%)

PROJECT: One using microwave computer aided design software (Microwave Office), Filter design (15%)

EXAMINATIONS: Three quizzes (25% each)


Michael Steer, Fundamentals of Microwave and RF Design.

The textbooks for ECE549 have been published. They are available for download at

I recommend that you download all of the books with the five volume set being your reference books on RF and Microwave Engineering. We will use volumes 1, 2 and part of 3 in ECE549.

I will be teaching ECE719 in Spring 2020 and that will use the rest of Volume 3, and Volumes 4 and 5.

Volume 1:

Volume 2:

Volume 3:

Volume 4:

Volume 5:

I require that between now and the start of class that you read Volume 1 as that will give you a big picture view of RF and Microwave Engineering. I will have a quiz on the first day to make sure that you have read it.

You will want the printed books as you will learn much more.