Specialization profile--RF/Analog Circuit Design

This profile has two focus points:
  1. LAnalog circuit design concentrating on low-power, low voltage amplifier and AD converter design for sensor interface electronics.
  2. RF Circuit design concentrating on circuit design and optimization for RF.

Suggested courses

EE4525Analog CMOS design II3 EC details
EE4605Integrated Circuits and Systems for Wireless Applications5 EC details
EE4615Digital IC Design II3 EC details
ET4252Analog integrated circuit design4 EC details
ET4278Over-sampled data converters4 EC details
ET4312Analog CMOS Integrated Filter Design (not running)4 EC details
ET4369Nyquist-rate data converters4 EC details
ET4371Advanced Digital Wireless transceivers (Digital RF)5 EC details
ET4600Wireless Concepts and systems5 EC details

MSc project proposals

Some examples of thesis topics (this list is not exhaustive):
BE[2019] Monitoring Heart Rate through RF Signals
[2018] Background Calibration and Adaptive Tuning Methods for Time-Mode Subtraction Based Time-to-Digital Converters
[2018] Subthreshold Stochastic Computing for On-Chip Low Energy BioSignal Processing
[2018] Subthreshold Bit-Serial Microprocessor Design for On-Chip Low Energy BioSignal Processing
[2018] Closed-loop multi-channel neuro-stimulator and neurorecording ICs
[2018] Single-inductor RF energy harvester and power-efficient UHF neurostimulator IC
[2018; already taken] Design of a low power ambulatory stimulation module
[2018] Energy Storage Efficiency (MSc thesis project at Nowi)
[2017; already taken] Wireless powering of a neural stimulator using ultrasound
[2019] Near-field wideband telemetry and powering system
[2019] Body-coupled communication to enhance IMD security
[2019] Impedance-flow cytometry cell sorter (IFCCS)
[2018] Capacitive sensor-embedded phase locked loop (PLL)
[2019] Design tradeoffs in multimodal CMOS-MEA systems
EIAn ASIC for a single-cable miniature 3D ultrasound probe
Element-level delta-sigma ADC for ultrasound imaging (Oldelft Ultrasound)
An ASIC for a battery-powered ultrasonic bladder monitor
Massively-parallel recording of ultrasound signals
ELCACharacterization and Design of a Cryogenic Receiver in 40nm CMOS for Superconducting Qubits Readout (Already taken)
Miniaturized mm-scale RF transceiver system for implantable applications (Imec)
Wideband dielectric spectroscopy for bacteria sensing applications (Imec)
Low-Power High Interference Resilience RX (Imec)
Co-design of Digitally-Controlled Oscillator and Divider for IoT Applications (Dialog)
A Miniaturized Low-Power Frequency Synthesizer (Catena)
Reducing Supply Sensitivity of Bluetooth Transceivers
A Mixer-First Low-Power Sub-GHz Receiver for IoT Applications (Catena)
Cryogenic Ultra-Wideband Quadrature Coupler (Intel)
MS3Phase-coded automotive radar
Optimal frequency generation scheme for mm-Wave automotive radar

Thesis examples

BE 2018 Gerard Baquer GómezOptimal stimulation waveform for efficacious high-frequency block of the pudendal nerve with minimized electrochemical damage: A computer simulation optimization approach
Dieuwert MulStochastic Resonance Analog-to-Digital Conversion -- 1-Bit Signal Acquisition Employing Noise
Tim SteunebrinkLow-power low-cost readout electronics for inductive vital-sign measurements
Ali KaichouhiIQ Offset and Gain Mismatch Compensation for Phase-Domain ADC
2017 Lichao WuDesign of a Pipeline Time-to-Digital Converter (TDC) Suitable for Transducer Array Channel Multiplexing
Ernesto Gonzales HuamanA Low-Complexitry CMOS Receiver for UWB Signals
Hongming YuStructured Design of an External NMOS based Linear Voltage Regulator for Automotive Applications
2016 Yang Jiang8uW to 1mW Input Power Management IC Design for RF Energy Harvester
Yao LiA 0.6V Low Noise Current Generator for Bio-Impedance Measurements in 40nm CMOS
Qiuyang LinA 0.6V, 1 uW, Low-Power Low-Noise Instrumentation Amplifier for ECG/BioZ measurement in 40nm CMOS
Samprajani RoutStructured Electronic Design of High-Pass ∆Σ Converters and their application to cardiac signal acquisition
Ide SwagerPassive Wireless ECoG Monitoring on Multiple Subjects
Matthijs WeskinA compact multi-electrode system to measure in vivo electrical activity in the olivocerebellar system -- measuring sub-threshold oscillations and action potentials spatially and over time
2014 Menno VastenholtA Sub-GHz UWB Correlation Receiver for Wireless Biomedical Communication
2010 Mark StoopmanA Sub-GHz UWB Pulse Generator for Wireless Biomedical Communication
2009 Y. ShamsaLC Ladder Based Orthonormal Filter for Impulse-Radio UWB Pulse Generation.
M.A. GrashuisA fully differential switched capacitor wavelet filter
S. WangA 10-bit 25Msps Pipeline ADC for Companding Baseband Processing in Wireless Application
EI 2014 Luis Edoardo Rueda GuerreroAn Algorithmic Readout Approach for Thermal Conductivity Based CO2 Sensors
Yuming HeCapacitive Sensor Interface Using an Inverter-Based Period Modulator
ELCA 2019 Sarthak SharmaDesign of Wide Range Injection Locked Bang-Bang Phase Locked Loop for Dielectric Spectroscopy
2018 Sunil SheelavantDesign of Frequency locked loop and Receiver front-end for Burst-Chirp UWB Radar Transceiver for Vital Signs and Occupancy Sensing by monitoring the respiration and heartbeat rate
Amitava GiriEnergy Efficient Wideband Transmitter for Millimeter-Wave 5G System
Shubham VyasUncertainty Estimation in Vision-Aided Robot Teleoperation System
2017 Anand RameshHigh Efficiency Power Amplifiers for 77GHz Automative RADARs
Jiang GongAnalysis and Design of a Ring-Oscillator-Based Fractional-N Injection-Locked Digital PLL for IoT Applications
Pengqi ChenDistributed Algorithms Design for Zebro Swarming
Hongming YuStructured design of an external NMOS based linear voltage regulator for automotive applications
2016 Bishnu PatraCryogenic frequency generationfor scalable control and read-out of qubits
Vijaya PurushothamanAn Ultra-low power Direct Frequency Demodulator for Bluetooth Smart applications
2015 J.M.M. van der MeulenLinearity Analysis and Enhancement Techniques for the Base-Collector Capacitance Dominated Distortion in Bipolar Amplifiers
Georgios SarrisA medium power 135 GHz power amplifier
2014 Yuan GaoDesign of a Duty-Cycled Fractional-N ADPLL Based on Instantaneous Start-up LC DCO and High-precision DTCs
Lianbo WuAn Ultra-Low-Power ADPLL for BLE Applications
Alan ChenDTC and TDC IC Design for Ultra-Low-Power ADPLL
R.G. VenterA Package Integratable Six Port Reflectometer for RF Power Devices
A. PillaiLNA and Square Law Detector at 60 GHz for Passive Radiometers
Bindi WangEdge-prediction DTC and Clock-gating TDC Design for Ultra Low Power All Digital PLL
2013 Gerasimos VlachogiannakisLow Power, All-Digital Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizers for Multi-GHz Applications
Satoshi MalotauxFull-Duplex CMOS Duplexer: Passive self-interference cancellation
Sanganagouda PatilAn Ultra-Linear LNA for Base stations
Jianghai HeWideband High Power Doherty Amplifiers
2012 Yang LiA NMOS Linear Voltage Regulator for Automotive Applications
Santosh AstgimathA low noise, low power dynamic amplifier with common mode detect and a low power, low noise comparator for pipelined SAR-ADC
Md. Shakil AkterA Low-Power Class-AB Residue Amplifier for a 12bit 500MS/sec Pipeline ADC with Digital Calibration
Armin TavakolDigitally Controlled Oscillator for WiMAX in 40 nm
2011 Ajay Kumar ManjannaDesign and development of active baseband loadpull system
Wenlong JiangADPLL Design for WiMAX
Jing LiWideband High Power Amplifier Design
S. MotoroiuMulti-band/Multi-Mode RF Front-end Receiver for Basestation Applications
X. ZhangDesign of a Baseband Section for LTE-Advanced Mobile Communiation
Ao BaUltra-low-power Digitally-controlled Oscillator for Event-driven Transmitter
Popong EffendrikTime-to-Digital Converter (TDC) for WiMAX ADPLL in State-of-The-Art 40-nm CMOS
2010 G. MishraAn Oscillator System for a Quadrature Downconversion Auto-Correlation Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Receiver
R. SehgalA 12-bit 500MS/s Pipeline Split-ADC
K.I.M.I. Khalaf60GHz front-end receiver chain in 90nm CMOS technology
J. Shen60GHz Quadrature Voltage-Controlled Oscillator for Radar Application
X. DengWideband Doherty Power Amplifier Design for Base Station Application
K. ShiA 60W Compact Highly Efficient Wideband Class-E Power Amplifier
Y. WangWideband Class-B Power Amplifiers
B. WuHighly Linear LNA Design for Base Station Applications
R. ZhangDesign Study on the Switched and Linear Operation of Broadband CMOS Class-E Power Amplifiers
R.F. KeareyA high-efficiency switch-mode amplitude modulator for class E power amplifiers in nano-satellites
2009 M.H. SadeghiNew architecture for remote powered wireless transmitter
A. DonmezWideBand PLL as a clock multiplier
L. JiangSignal Up-conversion for Integrated Radar Systems
2008 J. WanDesign of a Distributed Clock Generator for Multiple Power Domain System-on-Chip Integrated Circuits

Contact person

For more information about the research group, possible thesis topics, and suggestions for your ISP:

prof.dr. Leo de Vreede

Electronics Research Laboratory Group

Department of Microelectronics