rfic design engineer

What is the meaning of rfic designer

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• Experienced in full-custom RF CMOS, or BiCMOS wireless communication circuit design, transistor level design of LNA, Mixer, VCOs,.

• Familiar with RF layout practices and optimization of RF passive elements such as Inductor and varactors,

• Knowledge of RF device physics and device models

• Knowledge of parasitic extraction of layout, package and PCB and its circuit modeling

• Proficient with Cadence tools.

• Familiar with RF circuit characterization and bench testing.

Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFICs) are the most important building block in today’s burgeoning personal communication and mobile multimedia devices. Innovation in the design and fabrication of RFIC components is thus vital for the fast growing wireless communication-based electronic devices for consumer and business applications. RFIC components include complete RF transceivers, as well as smaller building blocks such as low noise amplifiers (LNAs), local oscillators (LOs), frequency synthesizers, power amplifiers, and bandpass intermediate-frequency filters. Although CMOS is the prevalent process technology for analog-integrated circuit design, RFIC design is being explored in quite a few other process technologies such as standard bipolar technology, Si-Ge hetero-junction bipolar technology, GaAs technology, as well as other ternary semiconductor technologies such as AlGaxAsx-1. Therefore, some investigations into RFIC design using technologies other than CMOS, as we reach physical speed limitations in deep nanometer CMOS, are also very important. Next, the RF circuit design techniques for different frequency bands ranging from hundreds of MHz to millimeter wave lengths (∼60GHz) encompassing various RF and microwave communication standards is of interest to the RFIC design research and product development community. In addition, the currently emerging nanometric CMOS process technologies at 65 nm node and below using high-K dielectric also provide exciting opportunity for novelty in millimeter wave-length RFIC design. Computer-aided design tools, simulation platforms, and mathematical modeling for RFIC design are also a crucial aspect of designing RF circuits to specifications to end applications and communication standards. Hence, the aim of this special issue is to provide a unified framework to witness the progress of RF circuit design techniques in the context of the varying process technology and technology scaling platforms as well as the wide-range frequency bands and communication standards.


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