dr. S.M. Alavi

Assistant Professor
Electronic Circuits and Architectures (ELCA), Department of Microelectronics

PhD thesis (Jun 2014): All-Digital I/Q RF-DAC
Promotor: Bogdan Staszewski, Leo de Vreede

Expertise: RF Integrated Circuit

Themes: XG - Next Generation Sensing and Communication

Biography

Morteza S. Alavi was born in Tehran, Iran. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology and University of Tehran, in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft), Delft, The Netherlands in 2014. His main areas of research interest are designing RFIC for wireless and cellular communication systems as well as in the field of CMOS wireline transceivers. He has co-authored Radio-Frequency Digital-to-Analog Converter (Elsevier, 2016).

Mr. Alavi was the co-founder and CEO of DitIQ B.V., a local company that is developing energy-efficient, wideband wireless transmitters for the next generation of the cellular network. Since September 2016, he joined the Electronic Circuits and Architectures (ELCA) research group, TU-Delft, where he is currently a tenured Assistant Professor. Mr. Alavi serves as a reviewer for the Transaction on Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) and the Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC). He was the recipient of the Best Paper Award of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Radio-Frequency Integrated Technology (RFIT). He was also the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award (2nd Place) of the 2013 Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium. His Ph.D. student won the Best Student Paper Award (1st Place) of the 2017 RFIC Symposium held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

EE1C11 Linear Circuits A

Circuit theory course for first year EE students, Part 1

EE1C21 Linear Circuits B

Circuit theory course for first year EE students, Part 2

EE4615 Digital IC Design II

Designing digital CMOS circuit such as frequency dividers and time-to-digital (TDC) circuits

ET4371 Advanced Wireless Transceivers (Digital RF)

Digital RF/Microwave System, Digital-Passive, All-digital RF synthesizers, transmitters and receivers

ET4600 Wireless Concepts and Systems

Basic concepts of RF design, such as noise, nonlinearity, Impedance Matching, Analog/Digital Modulation, Pulse-shaping, Mixer, Oscillator, Link-budget, Transmitter/Receiver Architectures

Digital tRAnSmitTer ICs

This project aims to develop DTX ICs for highly-integrated and energy-efficient mMIMO base stations. (OPEN POSITIONS)

High Power RF-DAC

This project investigates the next generation of high power RF-DACs and digital intensive receivers

Energy Efficient Radar TX

In the next years, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are expected to transform cars into securely-connected self-driving robots with the capability of sensing the environment, thinking, and acting autonomously. CRUISE facilitates transforming to this near era.

Energy Efficient Wideband Transmitter, NXP Partnership ‘Advanced 5G Solutions’

This project providing enhanced average efficiency in wideband wireless transmitters while withstanding the changing load conditions that can occur in handheld devices and MIMO/smart-antenna communication systems.

smart Everything everywhere Access to content through Small cells Technologies

EAST is focused on the development of Small cell technologies for 5G applications up to 6 GHz

  1. A Wideband Four-Way Doherty Bits-In RF-Out CMOS Transmitter
    M. Beikmirza, Y. Shen, L. C. N. de Vreede; M. S. Alavi;
    IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits,
    2021. DOI: 10.1109/JSSC.2021.3105542

  2. A Millimeter-Wave Mutual-Coupling-Resilient Double-Quadrature Transmitter for 5G Applications
    M. Pashaeifar, L. C. N. de Vreede; M. S. Alavi;
    IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits,
    2021. DOI: 10.1109/JSSC.2021.3111126

  3. 14.4 A 24-to-30GHz Double-Quadrature Direct-Upconversion Transmitter with Mutual-Coupling-Resilient Series-Doherty Balanced PA for 5G MIMO Arrays
    Pashaeifar, Masoud; de Vreede, Leo C. N.; Alavi, Morteza S.;
    In 2021 IEEE International Solid- State Circuits Conference (ISSCC),
    pp. 223-225, 2021. DOI: 10.1109/ISSCC42613.2021.9365776

  4. 6.2 A 4-Way Doherty Digital Transmitter Featuring 50%-LO Signed IQ Interleave Upconversion with more than 27dBm Peak Power and 40% Drain Efficiency at 10dB Power Back-Off Operating in the 5GHz Band
    Beikmirza, Mohammadreza; Shen, Yiyu; Mehrpoo, Mohammadreza; Hashemi, Mohsen; Mul, Dieuwert; de Vreede, Leo C.N.; Alavi, Morteza S.;
    In 2021 IEEE International Solid- State Circuits Conference (ISSCC),
    pp. 92-94, 2021. DOI: 10.1109/ISSCC42613.2021.9365831

  5. Efficiency and Linearity of Digital "Class-C Like" Transmitters
    Mul, Dieuwert P.N.; Bootsman, Rob J.; Bruinsma, Quinten; Shen, Yiyu; Krause, Sebastian; Quay, Rüdiger; Pelk, Marco J.; van Rijs, Fred; Heeres, Rob M.; Pires, Sergio; Alavi, Morteza; de Vreede, Leo C.N.;
    In 2020 50th European Microwave Conference (EuMC),
    pp. 1-4, 2021. DOI: 10.23919/EuMC48046.2021.9338122

  6. On-Chip Output Stage Design for a Continuous Class-F Power Amplifier
    A. K. Kumaran, M. Pashaeifar, M. D’Avino, L. C. N. de Vreede; M. S. Alavi;
    In 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), 2021,
    2021. DOI: 10.1109/ISCAS51556.2021.9401788

  7. An 18.5 W Fully-Digital Transmitter with 60.4 % Peak System Efficiency
    Bootsman, R.J.; Mul, D.P.N.; Shen, Y.; Heeres, R.M.; van Rijs, F.; Alavi, M.S.; de Vreede, L.C.N.;
    In 2020 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS),
    pp. 1113-1116, 2020. DOI: 10.1109/IMS30576.2020.9223942

  8. A 1–3 GHz I/Q Interleaved Direct-Digital RF Modulator As A Driver for A Common-Gate PA in 40 nm CMOS
    Shen, Yiyu; Bootsman, Rob; Alavi, Morteza S.; de Vreede, Leo C.N.;
    In 2020 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC),
    pp. 287-290, 2020. DOI: 10.1109/RFIC49505.2020.9218324

  9. Bits-In RF-Out Transmitters
    Morteza S. Alavi; Leo de Vreede,;
    In IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium Workshop,
    2019.

  10. A Wideband Linear $I/Q$ -Interleaving DDRM
    Mehrpoo, Mohammadreza; Hashemi, Mohsen; Shen, Yiyu; de Vreede, Leo C. N.; Alavi, Morteza S.;
    IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits,
    Volume 53, Issue 5, pp. 1361-1373, 2018. DOI: 10.1109/JSSC.2017.2786685

  11. Quasi-load insensitive class-E for Doherty and Outphasing Transmitters
    Leo de Vreede; Morteza S. Alavi;
    In IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Workshop,
    2018.

  12. A Wideband I/Q RFDAC-Based Phase Modulator
    Yiyu Shen; Michael Polushkin; Mohammad Reza Mehrpoo; Mohsen Hashemi; Earl McCune; Morteza S. Alavi; Leo C. N. de Vreede,;
    In (accepted RWS 2018).,
    2018.

  13. Bits-In / RF-Out Transmitters for 5G mMIMO
    Leo de Vreede; Morteza S. Alavi;
    In IEEE European Microwave Week (EuMIC) Workshop,
    2018.

  14. A wideband I/Q RFD AC-based phase modulator
    Shen, Yiyu; Polushkin, Michael; Mehrpoo, Mohammadreza; Hashemi, Mohsen; McCune, Earl; Alavi, Morteza S.; de Vreede, Leo C. N.;
    In 2018 IEEE 18th Topical Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems (SiRF),
    pp. 8-11, 2018. DOI: 10.1109/SIRF.2018.8304215

  15. An Intrinsically Linear Wideband Polar Digital Power Amplifier
    Hashemi, Mohsen; Shen, Yiyu; Mehrpoo, Mohammadreza; Alavi, Morteza S.; de Vreede, Leo C. N.;
    IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits,
    Volume 52, Issue 12, pp. 3312-3328, 2017. DOI: 10.1109/JSSC.2017.2737647

  16. An intrinsically linear wideband digital polar PA featuring AM-AM and AM-PM corrections through nonlinear sizing, overdrive-voltage control, and multiphase RF clocking
    M. Hashemi; Y. Shen; M. Mehrpoo; M. Acar; R. van Leuken; M. S. Alavi; L. de Vreede;
    In 2017 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC),
    pp. 300-301, February 2017. DOI: 10.1109/ISSCC.2017.7870380
    document

  17. A fully-integrated digital-intensive polar Doherty transmitter
    Y. Shen; M. Mehrpoo; M. Hashemi; M. Polushkin; L. Zhou; M. Acar; R. van Leuken; M. S. Alavi; L. de Vreede;
    In 2017 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC),
    pp. 196-199, June 2017. DOI: 10.1109/RFIC.2017.7969051
    document

  18. A wideband linear direct digital RF modulator using harmonic rejection and I/Q-interleaving RF DACs
    M. Mehrpoo; M. Hashemi; Y. Shen; R. van Leuken; M. S. Alavi; L. C. N. de Vreede;
    In 2017 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC),
    pp. 188-191, June 2017. DOI: 10.1109/RFIC.2017.7969049
    document

  19. An intrinsically linear wideband digital polar PA featuring AM-AM and AM-PM corrections through nonlinear sizing, overdrive-voltage control, and multiphase RF clocking
    M. Hashemi; Y. Shen; M. Mehrpoo; M. Acar; R. van Leuken; M.S. Alavi; L.C.N de Vreede;
    In ISSCC,
    pp. 300-301, Feb 2017.

  20. A wideband linear direct digital RF modulator using harmonic rejection and I/Q-interleaving RF DACs
    Mehrpoo, M.; Hashemi, M.; Shen, Y.; van Leuken, R.; Alavi, M. S.; de Vreede, L. C. N.;
    In 2017 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC),
    pp. 188-191, 2017. DOI: 10.1109/RFIC.2017.7969049

  21. A 5.9 GHz RFDAC-based outphasing power amplifier in 40-nm CMOS with 49.2% efficiency and 22.2 dBm power
    Hu, Zhebin; de Vreede, Leo C.N.; Alavi, Morteza S.; Calvillo-Cortes, David A.; Staszewski, Robert Bogdan; He, Songbai;
    In 2016 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC),
    pp. 206-209, 2016. DOI: 10.1109/RFIC.2016.7508287

  22. A Wideband 2$\times$ 13-bit All-Digital I/Q RF-DAC
    Alavi, Morteza S.; Staszewski, Robert Bogdan; de Vreede, Leo C. N.; Long, John R.;
    IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques,
    Volume 62, Issue 4, pp. 732-752, 2014. DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2014.2307876

  23. All-Digital I/Q RF-DAC
    S. M. Alavi;
    PhD thesis, Delft University of Technology, http://doi.org/10.4233/uuid:fd7dec40-1957-4aad-bb24-90d6f40b5268, 06 2014. Promotor: R.B. Staszewski.

  24. A 2×13-bit all-digital I/Q RF-DAC in 65-nm CMOS
    Alavi, Morteza S.; Voicu, George; Staszewski, Robert B.; de Vreede, Leo C. N.; Long, John R.;
    In 2013 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC),
    pp. 167-170, 2013. DOI: 10.1109/RFIC.2013.6569551

  25. All-Digital RF $I/Q$ Modulator
    Alavi, Morteza S.; Staszewski, Robert Bogdan; de Vreede, Leo C. N.; Visweswaran, Akshay; Long, John R.;
    IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques,
    Volume 60, Issue 11, pp. 3513-3526, 2012. DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2012.2211612

  26. A 2-GHz digital I/Q modulator in 65-nm CMOS
    M. S. Alavi; A. Visweswaran; R. B. Staszewski; L. C. N. de Vreede; J. R. Long; A. Akhnoukh;
    In IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference 2011,
    pp. 277-280, Nov 2011.

  27. Efficient LDMOS device operation for envelope tracking amplifiers through second harmonic manipulation
    M. S. Alavi; F. van Rijs; M. Marchetti; M. Squillante; T. Zhang; S. J. Theeuwen; Y. Volokhine; R. H. Jos; M. P. van der Heijden; M. Acar; L. C. de Vreede;
    In 2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium,
    pp. 1-1, June 2011.

  28. Orthogonal summing and power combining network in a 65-nm all-digital RF I/Q modulator
    Alavi, Morteza S.; Staszewski, Robert B.; de Vreede, Leo C. N.; Long, John R.;
    In 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Radio-Frequency Integration Technology,
    pp. 21-24, 2011. DOI: 10.1109/RFIT.2011.6141758

  29. Efficient LDMOS device operation for envelope tracking amplifiers through second harmonic manipulation
    Alavi, Morteza. S.; van Rijs, Fred; Marchetti, Mauro; Squillante, Michele; Zhang, Tao; Theeuwen, Steven J.C.H.; Volokhine, Yuri; Jos, H.F.F.; Heijden, Mark P. v. d.; Acar, Mustafa; de Vreede, Leo C.N.;
    In 2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium,
    pp. 1-4, 2011. DOI: 10.1109/MWSYM.2011.5972665

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