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Radio frequency synthesizers are essential to many radio frequency communication systems, as well as RF and microwave measurement equipment. Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) synthesizers are the most commonly used type of synthesizers in consumer and professional communication equipment.

This course will enhance students’ knowledge on PLL synthesizer design for wireless applications. The curriculum will focus on PLL synthesizer design principals, their properties, performance and concept of designing loop filter for them.

RF and telecommunication engineers, especially those who are involved in designing and specifying synthesizers, as well as software and RF system designers will benefit from this course.

Course Highlights:

  • PLL Concepts and design, components, noise performance
  • Loop bandwidth, Frequency response, Locking time, PLL circuit order
  • Integer and fractional-N synthesizers.
  • Direct Digital Synthesizers parameters, practical limitations, Spurious analysis

Course Benefits:

  • Differentiate the technologies for PLL synthesizers
  • Identify the design constraints and solutions for PLL synthesizers
  • Learn PLL design topologies, techniques, and their performance
  • Design of loop filter for PLL synthesizer

Software (required): Zoom
                 (optional): Students may use Analog devices ADIsimPLL_V5_0_03 or Mathcad for simulating their PLL circuit.

Hardware (required): Working speakers and microphone.

Course Typically Offered: On-line, Winter quarter

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in RF engineering, communication theory, time and frequency domain concepts.

Next steps: Upon completion of this class, consider enrolling in other courses in the RF Engineering Certificate.

More information: Contact infotech@ucsd.edu to learn more about RF Engineering and course offerings.

Note: In the Winter Quarter 2019, this course will be offered synchronously. Students will be required to log in at specific times during the class, utilizing Zoom from a computer w/ audio and video capabilities, in order to participate.

Course Number: ECE-40175
Credit: 2.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: RF Engineering