Yu Ming Chen

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Liang Dong

Second Advisor

Dr. Bradley J. Bazuin

Third Advisor

Dr. Ikhlas Abdel-Qader

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This thesis study presents the theory and design methodology of Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) and analyzes a RF frond-end receiver and down-conversion mixers using circuit evaluation tools. The theory of RF is described on both architectures and circuit levels with respect to monolithic implementation in integrated semiconductor technologies. The design methodology provides an efficient and practical way to approach ·the theoretical values by using an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tool called Cadence Virtuoso custom design platform Based on the libraries provided by the Cadence Virtuoso, a Heterodyne receiver and two Gilbert mixer circuits have . been evaluated through the simulator to reveal the system behavioral. The Heterodyne receiver is imitated with blocks of RF components by using a network synthesis technique as a design method. Both mixer circuits are evaluated in a setup of low-power and high radio frequency conditions. The evaluation results are discussed at the end of this thesis study.