In this course, students examine modulator and demodulator circuits used in communication and radar systems. A combination of two lectures, three laboratory experiments, and a student design project address the analysis, design, fabrication, and test of common circuits. Signal formats considered include phase and frequency shift keying, as well as the linear modulations used in analog systems. The students will select a project topic of their choosing. The nature and extent of the project will be negotiated with the instructors. The project will consume about two-thirds of the semester and weighs in a similar proportion for the final grade. There are no exams in this course, it is a laboratory and project-based learning experience.
525.616 Communication Systems Engineering or 525.624 Analog Electronic Circuit Design or 525.654 Communications Circuits Laboratory or permission of the instructor.