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2017 Primer Courses

Sunday, October 22rd in Hibiscus
8:00am – 7:00pm

Primer Course Coordinator: Thé Linh Nguyen
                                           Finisar Corporation
                                           Sunnyvale, CA

Primer Course 1 - Introduction to MMIC High Power Amplifier Design
Instructor: Charles F. Campbell
                 Richardson, TX

Course Objective and Description:
This primer course was developed to serve as an introductory level course on high power microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifier design. Covered material will start with reactively matched power amplifiers and conclude with wideband power amplifier design. Circuit topologies will be presented, analyzed and transformed into a monolithically compatible form. Various aspects and limitations of transistor and MMIC technology are highlighted as the circuit functions are developed. Where available fabricated examples of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power amplifier MMICs will be presented.

Primer Agenda:
8:00am Introduction and Overview
           Reactively Matched Power Amplifier Design

             - Power Amplifier Specifications
             - Transistor Cell Selection
             - Matching Network Synthesis
             - Stability Analysis Wideband Power Amplifier Design
             - Bandwidth Limitations - Wideband Topologies
             - Circuit Design
             - Biasing and Transformers
             - MMIC Examples

9:30 AM Coffee Break

Primer Course 2 - Introduction to Si RFIC and Mixed Signal IC Design
Prof. Waleed Khalil
                The Ohio State University
                Columbus, OH Course

Objective and Description:
CMOS technology is the predominant technology for RF and mixed signal ICs owing to its low cost, ease of integration with digital functions, and increasing speed/performance. This course is intended for semiconductor professionals of all technical backgrounds who wish to learn or refresh their understanding of the fundamentals of Si device and circuits technology. The primer will begin with an overview of the nanoscale CMOS transistors and integrated passives from a device/technology perspective, analyzing key concepts in device modeling. This will be followed by a brief comparison to SiGe BJT device technology illustrating key differences. In so doing, the intent is to provide guidance on how the circuit design process differs and to enlighten attendees on subjects such as transistor sizing and biasing practices. In the second part of the primer, the focus will shift to the key building blocks that make up Silicon based integrated transceivers. Among the blocks to be covered in the RF domain are: LNAs, Mixers and VCOs and in the mixed signal domain are: GHz Track and Hold circuits, amplifiers and DACs. For each one, designers are confronted with a variety of different circuit topologies, each with its attendant strengths and performance metrics. Making the right choice very much depends on having an awareness of what the options are, good specmanship and how to optimize to get the best performance.

The course instructor, Dr. Waleed Khalil, is currently serving as an Associate professor at the ECE department and the ElectroScience Lab, The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Ohio State, Prof. Khalil spent 16 years at Intel Corporation where he held various technical and leadership positions in wireless and wireline communication groups. While at Intel, he established Intel's first analog device modeling methodology for mixed signal circuit design and also contributed to the development of Intel's first RF process technology. Prof. Khalil's current research spans CMOS, SiGe and III-V technologies with focus on RF and mm-wave circuits and systems, high performance clocking circuits, GHz D/A and D/H circuits.

Primer Agenda:
10:00am Introduction and Overview of Course Objectives
10:10am CMOS Technology Perspective: A Device Modeling Discussion
12:00am Lunch
1:15 PM Brief Introduction to SiGe HBT Technology and Comparison with CMOS
1:45pm RF CMOS Block Level Design Fundamentals and Examples
4:00pm Coffee Break
4:30pm Mixed Signal Block Level Design Fundamentals and Example
7:00pm Close of Primer 2