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TSEK02 - Radio Electronics



  • Course Code:
    TSEK02, Radio Electronics (Radioelektronik), 6 HP (6 ECTS).
  • Required Background:
    Recommended basic knowledge of semiconductor devices and analog circuits.
  • Supplementary courses:
    TSEK03 Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits
    TSEK38 Radio Frequency Transceiver Design
    Advanced courses in RF CMOS design
  • Goal:
    The course should give students a basic knowledge in radio electronics on a system level. After completion of the course, students will be able to read and understand specifications of a modern wireless system and design the corresponding radio on a block diagram level.
  • Content:
    The course starts with fundamentals of data transmission and discusses certain fundamental and practical limitations. Transmitter and receiver architectures as well as properties of the wireless channel will be introduced and signal impairments will be studied from the time it is transmitted to the time it is detected. The course is organized in a very homogeneous and logical order for the student to learn how a radio system is step by step designed.
  • Course book:
    B. Razavi, RF Microelectronics (2nd Ed) (International paperback version), Pearson, ISBN 0132839415/9780132839419, 2012.


  • Teacher (Lectures, Tutorials, Labs) & Examiner:
    Ted Johansson, Docent, Adjunct Professor
    Integrated Circuits and Systems, Dept. of Electrical Engineering (ISY)
    Office: 3D:553, B-building
    Tel: 070-6270237
    E-mail: ted.johansson@liu.se


There are two laboratory exercises in this course:
  • Lab1. Radio Transceiver Simulations (Simulink/matlab), in computer lab OLYMPEN.
  • Lab2. Radio Receiver Measurements, in measurement lab Mead (2C:525)
    Enrollment to lab 2 lab is required. It is divided into groups of up to 3+3 students in each lab.


TEN1 Written examination 4 HP
LAB1 Laboratory assignments 2 HP
  • Written exam:
    Some descriptive questions covering lectures and corresponding parts of the course book. Some analysis/design problems in the same style as the tutorials. No course material (book or notes) is allowed during the exam.
    You have to register to take the exam.


Week Date Weekday Time Room Activity Title
45 2016-11-07 Monday 08:15 P36 Lecture 1 Course Introduction and Basic Definitions
2016-11-11 Friday 08:15 P34 Lecture 2 Modulation (I), Chapter 3.1 - 3.3.1
46 2016-11-14 Monday 08:15 R18 Lecture 3 Modulation (II), Chapter 3.3.2 - 3.3.6
2016-11-15 Tuesday 13:15 R36 Lecture 4 Multiple Access Techniques, TX architectures
Chapter 3.6, 4.3
2016-11-16 Wednesday 10:15 R36 Lecture 5 TX Nonlinearity Considerations
Chapter 2.1.2-3, 2.2.1-2, Chapter 2.2.4-5
47 2016-11-21 Monday 08:15 P36 Lecture 6 Antennas, propagation, and noise
Antennas, propagation: not in Razavi
Noise: Chapter 2.3
2016-11-22 Tuesday 15:15 BL34 Lecture 7 Noise, RX architectures
Chapter 2.3.5, 4.1, 4.2.1, 4.2.3
2016-11-22 Tuesday 17:15 OLYMPEN Lab 1 Radio Transceiver simulations (no signup needed!)
2016-11-23 Wednesday 10:15 R36 Tutorial 1 Digital Modulation and Transmitter Architectures
48 2016-11-29 Tuesday 13:15 BL33 Lecture 8 RX Nonlinearity, Demodulation
Nonlinearity: chapter 2.2, 2.4
Demodulation: not in Razavi
2016-11-29 Tuesday 15:15 Mead Lab 2
(group A)
Radio Receiver Measurements
2016-11-30 Wednesday 10:15 R36 Tutorial 2 Receiver Noise and Frequency Planning
2016-12-01 Thursday 17:15 Mead Lab 2
(group B)
Radio Receiver Measurements
49 2016-12-06 Tuesday 13:15 R18 Tutorial 3 Receiver Linearity and Dynamic Range
2016-12-06 Tuesday 15:15 Mead Lab 2
(group C)
Radio Receiver Measurements
2016-12-07 Wednesday 10:15 R19 Tutorial 4 System Design Tutorial (I)
2016-12-08 Thursday 17:15 Mead Lab 2
(group E)
Radio Receiver Measurements
2016-12-09 Friday 08:15 P30 Tutorial 5 System Design Tutorial (II)
50 2016-12-13 Tuesday 13:15 BL33 Tutorial 6 Exam Solving, incl. solutions
2016-12-13 Tuesday 15:15 Mead Lab 2
(group D)
Radio Receiver Measurements
2016-12-15 Thursday 17:15 Mead Lab 2
(group F)
Radio Receiver Measurements
2 2017-01-11 Wednesday 14-18 U6, U10 Exam 1
16 2017-04-19 Wednesday 08-12 Exam 2
34 2017-08-22 Tuesday 14-18 Exam 3

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Last updated: 2017-07-29