The Power MMIC course covers additional circuit design techniques applicable to MMICs (and microwave circuits in general). It is an extension of RF and Microwave Circuits I and II and Microwave Monolithic Integrated Circuit (MMIC) Design, though for students with a microwave background, these particular courses are not prerequisites. The topics covered include broadband matching, optimum loads for efficiency and low intermodulation products, odd mode oscillations, details of nonlinear modeling, time domain simulation of nonlinear circuits, and thermal effects. Students do need to have a background in microwave measurements and microwave CAD tools. No project is required, but there is structured homework involving power MMIC design completed by the student using a foundry library. The course is given in the spring; it is not given every year.
Course all programs:
Electrical and Computer Engineering