Course detail

HF Circuits

FEKT-MPC-VFOAcad. year: 2021/2022

The content is the design of passive and active circuits from the discrete lumped and distributed elements up to GHz frequencies and the introduction to the design of the radio-frequency integrated circuits.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will be able: (a) to design common radio frequency circuits in modern transceivers; (b) perform numerical calculations for given specifications and computer simulation for the functionality verification.


The student should be able to: - explain basics of electronic circuits and electromagnetic waves and transmission lines (inductance, capacitance, impedance, reflection coefficient, Smith chart, standing wave ratio) - analyze basic electronic circuits with passive components - calculate with complex numbers and logarithms - know the characteristics of the parallel and serial resonant circuits - know calssical classes of amplifiers and calculate operating point circuits


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

GILMORE, Rowan. a Les. BESSER. Practical RF circuit design for modern wireless systems. Vol. I. Boston, MA: Artech House, c2003. ISBN 1-58053-521-6. (EN)
GILMORE, Rowan. a Les. BESSER. Practical RF circuit design for modern wireless systems. Vol. II. Boston, MA: Artech House, c2003. ISBN 1-58053-522-4. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Passive RF filters with lumped elements.
2. Passive RF filters with distributed elements.
3. Noise, noise sources and noise contribution estimation in the transceiver's frontend.
4. Non-linear RF circuit parameters.
5. RF amplifier design.
6. Low noise amplifier design.
7. Linear power amplifiers.
8. Non-linear power amplifiers.
9. Design of the frequency references and voltage controlled oscillators.
10. Passive and active mixers design.
11. Regulation loops in the RF circuits.
12. Elementary microwave integrated circuits.
13. Properties and measurement of microwave integrated circuits.


The aim of the course is to get students acquainted with the theory of analysis and synthesis of the modern radio-frequency transceivers.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPC-EKT Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

13 hours, compulsory

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Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer