ECGR6090 RF, Digital Radio,and Metamaterials Fundamentals Fall 2018

Prof. Weldon: EPIC 2228,
Course Web site: see courses link on
Office hours: see my home page

If class size is small, this may be provided for free:
RF, Digital Radio, and Metamaterials Fundametals Lecture Notes 2018,
Thomas Paul Weldon, on, ISBN-10: 1724802658.
Online reference Text:
Other suggested references:
"RF Circuit Design: Theory & Applications (2nd Ed.),"
Prentice Hall, Reinhold Ludwig and Gene Bogdanov, 2008.
"Design of CMOS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits,"
Cambridge Univ. Press, Thomas H. Lee, 1998 or 2003.
"RF Microelectronics (2nd Edition ONLY),"
Behzad Razavi, Prentice Hall, 2011.
"Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics," S. Ramo,
J. R. Whinnery, T. Van Duzer, 2nd Ed., 1984.

This will be a hands-on, interactive, "learn-by-doing" course, hence
attendance is mandatory, and unexcused absences should lead to low grades.
Grading will be based on attendance, quizzes, project demos, project reports,
in approximate proportion to the number of class periods devoted to each.

Most weeks will consist of a lecture followed by an experiment or
simulation, where students will take data and demonstrate that the project
is working (demo), and students will prepare a short 2/3-page IEEE-format
report due the following week. Teams of 2 or 3 students will work together.

The plan is to carve out 3-4 weeks at the end of semester for a final
project TBD. If you have some appropriate project in mind, speak to
the instructor during the first week of class.

Grading scale: 90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, with ``curve,''
if any, entirely at the discretion of the professor. Quizzes may
be given without warning. We will also be using the lab.

Collaboration (not copying) on homework/projects is encouraged. However,
different project groups may NOT share program code or report material.
Certain assignments may be restricted to independent effort, in which
case collaboration is not permitted. Class attendance and participation
are expected. There is no formal course prerequisite for this course,
but all students enrolling should be familiar with Fourier transform,
z-transform, electronic devices R, L, C, BJT, MOSFET, and their use in
circuits. Review of such topics is the responsibility of the student.

Course Outline (subject to change).

Week Topic

RF Fundamentals
1 Intro, waves & reflection in time, (ADS & lab)
2 S-parameters, Smith chart, impedance matching (ADS & lab)
3 RF amplifiers, noise, intermodulation (ADS & lab)
4 3D Electromagnetic simulation and antennas (HFSS)

Digital Radio Fundamentals
5 Radios, mixers, and modulation (ADS and lab)
6 Digital radio basics and DSP review (Maatlab Simuulink)
7 Advanced digital radio methods (Maatlab Simuulink)
8 Digital Non-Foster radio architectures (Maathcad and ADS)

Metamaterial Fundamentals
9 Split-ring and I-beam metamaterials (HFSS & lab)
10 Wideband metamaterials (non-Foster) (HFSS)

Final Project
11 Wrap-up of f1rst 10 weeks, discuss final project
12 Decide and propose topic (2-page proposal)
13 Project session
14 Project session
15 Project demos in class and final report due
Final 5-minute on-line video + powerpoint due

If you miss an exam/quiz/demo for any reason, you will receive a grade of
zero (exceptional circumstances must be documented and/or approved by the
instructor at least 24 hours prior to the exam). Any special exam or project
accommodation request should be made no later than the class meeting one week
before the exam or project. Frequent absence from class or labs may result
in a severe grade reduction. Late projects will not be accepted, or may
be penalized up to 20 percent per day, solely at the instructor's discretion.
Absence from each project session, or early departure before attendance is
taken should result in 50% grade reduction per absence, or per day's work,
beyond 1 absence. The instructor is free to assign students to any project
group at any time. Appeals regarding final grade must be communicated to
instructor within 14 days after end of semester, since any residual materials
may be destroyed thereafter. If a quiz is given during a "free pass," the
student may, only once, request by email that the next quiz grade be
applied doubly, solely at the instructor's discretion. Departure from
the classroom during any quiz or exam may result in a grade of zero.
Students are responsible for submitting all forms to Disability Services,
and must provide a letter of accommodation from Disability Services in the
first week or two of the semester (see their office for more information).

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with the academic
regulations, degree requirements, religious accommodation for students,
course requirements, and all other requirements, policies, and procedures
set forth in the current University Catalog and all University Policies.
The official university guidelines supersede any contradictions that may
exist in this handout. Violations may result in reduction of grades,
zero grade, fines, suspension, course failure, or other adverse consequences.
In addition, a proper classroom environment is expected by all students,
and therefore any disorderly or disruptive conduct or other negative impacts
on the classroom, solely at the instructor's discretion, will result in
expulsion from such class with a grade of zero for corresponding material,
and/or other adverse sanctions as may be deemed appropriate.

If there are any issues or problems within a group, students must
follow the Project Problem Resolution Guidelines provided on the
course website.

The course policies set forth in this syllabus may be modified at any time
by the course instructor. Notice of such changes may be by announcement in
class, website posting, and/or by email to the student's UNCC email address.

published in the UNCC Catalog.

Prerequisite or corequisite:

There is no formal course prerequisite for this course,
but all students enrolling should be thoroughly familiar with
topics as noted throughout this document.
Review of such topics is the responsibility of the student.

Higher-level graduate sections are required to do additional design
work in the final project, TBD.