Dr. Brian Floyd

Dr. Brian Floyd

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone: 919-513-7365
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ECE 712 Integrated Circuit Design for Wireless Communications

3 Credit Hours

Analysis, simulation, and design of the key building blocks of an integrated radio: amplifiers, mixers, and oscillators. Topics include detailed noise optimization and linearity performance of high frequency integrated circuits for receivers and transmitters. Introduction to several important topics of radio design such as phase-locked loops, filters and large-signal amplifiers. Use of advanced RF integrated circuit simulation tools such as SpectreRF or ADS for class assignments.


Required: Analog Electronics (NC State ECE 511)

Recommended: RF Wireless Design (NC State ECE 549)

Course Objectives

After taking this course, the student will be able to analyze and design the key integrated circuits found in modern silicon radio receivers, transmitters, and frequency synthesizers.

Course Requirements

Homework Assignments: 20% (roughly 6 assignments)
Exams (midterm and final): 40%
Design projects (two projects): 40%


Behzad Razavi, RF Microelectronics, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2012


Updated 11/15/2022