MSc Microelectronics

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
ET4252Analog integrated circuit design4 EC details
ET4278Over-sampled data converters4 EC details
ET4312Analog CMOS Integrated Filter Design4 EC details
ET4369Nyquist-rate data converters4 EC details
ET4371Digital RF- Advanced Digital Wireless transceivers5 EC details
ET4600Fundamentals for RF / Wireless Design5 EC details

MSc project proposals

Some examples of thesis topics (this list is not exhaustive):
BE[2016] Impact of Dry Electrode-Skin Interface Changes on Impedance
[2017] Closed-loop multi-channel neuro-stimulator and neurorecording ICs
Design of analog building blocks for ultra-low-power biomedical circuits in 40nm CMOS
[2017] Miniaturized fluorescence microscope to image brain activity in freely behaving birds and rodents
[2017] Single-resonance wireless power transfer and/or body-channel communication
[2017] Design of a low power ambulatory stimulation module
[2016; already taken] Stochastic Resonance Neural Amplifier Design

Thesis examples

BE2016Yang 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
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
2014Menno VastenholtA Sub-GHz UWB Correlation Receiver for Wireless Biomedical Communication
2010Mark StoopmanA Sub-GHz UWB Pulse Generator for Wireless Biomedical Communication
2009Y. 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
EI2014Luis Edoardo Rueda GuerreroAn Algorithmic Readout Approach for Thermal Conductivity Based CO2 Sensors
Y. HeCapacitive Sensor Interface Using an Inverter-Based Period Modulator
ELCA2016Bishnu PatraCryogenic frequency generationfor scalable control and read-out of qubits
Vijaya PurushothamanAn Ultra-low power Direct Frequency Demodulator for Bluetooth Smart applications
2015J.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
2014Yuan 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
2013Gerasimos 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
2012Yang 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
2011Ajay 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
2010G. 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
2009M.H. SadeghiNew architecture for remote powered wireless transmitter
A. DonmezWideBand PLL as a clock multiplier
L. JiangSignal Up-conversion for Integrated Radar Systems
2008J. 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