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November 15, 2022


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6.976 covers circuit and system level design issues of high speed communication systems, with primary focus being placed on wireless and broadband data link applications.

Specific circuit topics include transmission lines, high speed and low noise amplifiers, VCO’s, and high speed digital circuits. Specific system topics include frequency synthesizers, clock and data recovery circuits, and GMSK transceivers. In addition to learning analysis skills for the above items, students will gain a significant amount of experience in simulating circuits in SPICE and systems in CppSim (a custom C++ simulator)

Course Curriculum

  • Overview of Course Unlimited
  • Transmission Line Theory Unlimited
  • S-parameters and Impedance Transformers Unlimited
  • Generalized Reflection Coefficient, Smith Chart, Passives Unlimited
  • High Speed Broadband Amplifiers Unlimited
  • Enhancement of Broadband Amplifiers, Narrowband Amplifiers Unlimited
  • Noise Modeling in Amplifiers Unlimited
  • Noise Figure, Impact of Amplifier Nonlinearities Unlimited
  • Low Noise Amplifiers Unlimited
  • Mixers Unlimited
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillators Unlimited
  • Noise in Voltage Controlled Oscillators Unlimited
  • High Speed Digital Logic Unlimited
  • High Speed Frequency Dividers Unlimited
  • Integer-N Frequency Synthesizers Unlimited
  • Noise in Integer-N Frequency Synthesizers Unlimited
  • Advanced Frequency Synthesizers Unlimited
  • Design and Simulation of Synthesizers Unlimited
  • Basics of Wireless Communication Unlimited
  • Performance Measures of Wireless Communication Unlimited
  • MSK Modulation and Clock and Data Recovery Circuits Unlimited
  • Guest Lecture by Gu-Yeon Wei, Harvard University: Low-Power High-Speed Links Unlimited
  • Guest Lecture by Analog Devices: RF Power Amplifiers Unlimited
  • Guest Lecture by Richard Schreier, Analog Devices: Lowpass and Bandpass Delta-Sigma Modulation Unlimited

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology