1. Number and title of course: EECS 142, Integrated Circuits for Communications.
2. Course objectives: To establish the principles involved in realizing electronic circuit
functions for communication applications and to gain design experience in realizing
appropriate specifications.
3. Topics covered:
 High frequency amplifiers. Analysis of tuned amplifiers, matching networks,
and feedback amplifiers. Analysis of optimal gain and matching using 2-port
 Distortion in amplifiers and its reduction. Harmonic distortion, intermodulation,
cross-modulation. Effect of feedback on distortion. Sources of distortion in
devices. Modeling.
 Noise analysis.
 Power amplifiers. Class A, B, AB and C. Integrated circuit realizations. Crossover distortion. Efficiency. RF power output stages.
 Mixers (frequency converters), Bipolar, FET and IC realizations. Conversion
gain and spurious response.
 Oscillator analysis. Amplitude and frequency stability. Waveform distortion.
Relaxation oscillators.
 Analog multipliers and phase-locked loops.
 AM and FM detectors.
4. Relationship of course to program objectives: Students taking this course will learn to
identify, formulate and solve challenging engineering problems. They will learn modern
skills, tools and techniques. They will apply their fundamental knowledge of
mathematics, science and engineering to analyze and solve engineering problems and will
learn about emerging applications in the field.
5. Prepared by: Ali M Niknejad (3/23/06)