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ECE 4676 Radio Engineering Laboratory


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ECE 4676 Radio Engineering Laboratory (1C)

Wireless circuit design. Laboratory techniques for radio frequencies. 4676: Design single-side-band receiver. Associated measurements will be reviewed and used in both courses.

What is the reason for this course?

4676: expands the design into receiver development. An emphasis is placed on the fundamental engineering skills of maintaining lab notebooks and working as a team. This latter aspect is unique to the course with each group designing a separate portion of a radio. The fundamentals of good radio frequency measurements and design used in these courses are essential for successful employment in the radio engineering area.

Technical Elective. Typically offered: Spring. Program Area: Communications.

Prerequisites: 4675. Corequisites: 4606.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

4606 (corequisite). The necessary background consists of devices, biasing, and basic low frequency amplifiers concepts, as well as some basic transmission line and Smith chart principles. A student should be able to bias a transistor circuit and analyze its basic low frequency performance. They should also be able to analyze basic networks and their general frequency performance (as covered in 3204). It is critical that they have a basic understanding of 2-port equivalent circuits and related modeling as presented in 3204 and prerequisites. They should also be able to model short sections of transmission line as corresponding inductors and capacitors as well as represent impedance transformations on the Smith chart.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • Work as a team member in the design of a SSB receiver
  • Perform the necessary measurements on all designed circuits.
  • Predict performance of the design they construct
  • Maintain an engineering notebook

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
Team assignment/specification 16%
Individual circuit design/testing 52%
Block layout design
Biasing
Coupling and by-pass
Interstage network/filter design
Construction and initial testing
Adjustment and specification testing
System integration 16%
System measurement and evaluation 16%

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