IN9240 – Design of CMOS RF-Integrated Circuits

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Course content

The course covers design aspects of RF IC circuits and systems. Fundamental RF circuit theory (matching, noise and distortion) and design and analysis of CMOS RF circuits like filters (passive), amplifiers (LNA, PA), mixers, voltage and injection locked oscillators (VCOs and ILOs) as well as phase-locked loops (PLLs) will be covered in depth.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you will:

  • understand fundamental RF circuit theory and design
  • be able to design and analyze selected CMOS RF ICs
  • be able to simulate and model RF circuits using advanced tools as Cadence and ADS
  • comprehend matching, noise and distortion in RF IC design
  • be able to test and characterize RF circuits in the lab

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

INF4420 – Microelectronics Design Project (discontinued), INF3410 – Analog microelectronics (discontinued)/INF4411 – Analog microelectronics (discontinued), FYS3220 – Linear Circuit Electronics

Overlapping courses


The course lasts one semester and has 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of exercises per week. Furthermore, a project assignment with up to 3 submissions must be completed. The project is conducted in groups of a maximum of 2 students. The project must be submitted to the specified deadlines and the first two submissions are assessed with pass/fail. Exercises from previous courses are not approved.


The last project submission must be delivered within the deadline. Project report is graded and counts 40% of final grade. The final exam counts 60% and is held orally or as a written exam (4 hours) dependent on the number of students.

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Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 27, 2021 5:17:27 PM

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