Infotech Course on Millimeter-­Wave Integrated Circuits 60GHz and Beyond by Harish Krishnaswamy

Monday, June 20, 2016 to Thursday, June 23, 2016

Venue: TS128, on-site Registration

Lecturer: Harish Krishnaswamy from Columbia University, New York


Monday, 20.6.2016: 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 13:30-15:00

Tuesday, 21.6.2016 : 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 13:30-15:00, 15:30-17:00

Wednesday, 22.6.2016: 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 13:30-15:00

Thursday, 23.6.2016: 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30



The implementation of millimeter-wave (30GHz-300GHz) wireless systems in silicon-based technologies is an exciting research area that is a little more than a decade old. The design of mmWave ICs requires an interdisciplinary skill set that spans circuit design, electromagnetics and device physics. Through lectures, home-works and a final class project, this course will cover the principles of silicon‐based mmWave IC design.

Topics that will be covered include:

•        Introduction to mmWave systems and applications.

•        Si-based devices for mmWave (Modern SiGe and CMOS technologies, fT, fmax, current-density scaling, large-signal models).

•        Si-based passive devices (Inductors, capacitors, resonators, transformers, transmission lines, impact of BEOL).

•        mmWave amplifier design (Max. available gain, max. unilateral gain, cascade vs. cascode)

•        mmWave and microwave low-noise amplifier design (CS, CB, NFmin, Yopt, noise circles).

•        mmWave power-amplifier design (Class A-F, load-pull, efficiency/output power circles, impedance transformation and power combining).

•        mmWave mixers for frequency translation.

•        mmWave VCOs (LC oscillators, standing-wave oscillators, push-push and distributed oscillators).

•        Oscillator phase-noise theory and its impact on mmWave VCO design.

•        Injection locking, injection pulling and coupled oscillators.

•        mmWave frequency synthesis (Regenerative dividers, injection-locked dividers, mmWave PLLs).

•        Phased arrays and multiple-antenna systems (Architectures, phase-shifter circuits).



Harish Krishnaswamy received the B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, in 2001, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, USA, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. In 2009, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, where he is currently an Associate Professor.

His research interests broadly span integrated devices, circuits, and systems for a variety of RF, mmWave and sub-mmWave applications.

Dr. Krishnaswamy serves as a member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of several conferences, including the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (2015/16-present) and IEEE RFIC Symposium (2013-present). He was the recipient of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper in 2007, the Best Thesis in Experimental Research Award from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 2009, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award in 2011, a 2014 IBM Faculty Award and the 2015 IEEE RFIC Symposium Best Student Paper Award - 1st Place.


Evaluation: the students will be given a list of home work exercises




Host of the course:  Professor Aarno Pärssinen

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