Wireless Transceivers: Radio Architectures, System and Circuit Design


Lecturer(s) :

Leblebici Yusuf
Muller Paul Victor Georges




Every 2 years


Every two years. Next time: Fall 2019


The students will learn about modern RF transceiver architectures used in the radio section of advanced wireless transceivers. Various architectures, RF system design and circuit implementation will be discussed.


Introduction to wireless communications, modulation, up- and down-conversion, FDD vs TDD systems.

Low-IF vs direct-conversion, traditional vs analog-lite architectures, cognitive radio and its limitations.

Thermal and flicker noise, phase noise and reciprocal mixing, intermodulation, image rejection, DC-offset, in-band drooping.

Introduction into receiver system budgeting, receiver implementation possibilities and their challenges.

Low-IF vs direct-conversion, polar vs. Cartesian transmitters.

Out-of-band noise, distortion and adjacent channel leakage, image rejection, DC offset, in-band drooping.

Introduction to transmitter system budgeting, transmitter implementations and their challenges.

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Wireless receivers: algorithms and architectures.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra with computer exercises/labs.

Assessment methods

Oral exam.

In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German