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Analog/Mixed-Signal, RF, Microwaves

Analog-mixed signal lab


This research cluster emphasizes synergistic cooperation and innovation amongst faculty members whose research focuses on various aspects of communication systems. The faculty in this research cluster are involved in system level protocols, system architecture and analysis, and implementation of communication systems as integrated circuits (ICs). IC technology is a key enabler in shrinking large systems into hand-held devices.

Faculty expertise includes analog, digital, and RF/microwave circuit design and devices, on-chip interconnect design and modeling, and package modeling including package-level antenna design. An effective top-down simulation and modeling methodology of communication systems is also being emphasized. Our research forms the basis for personal portable communication devices of today and of the future (such as the Dick Tracy watch!)

Research Thrusts

Analog and Mixed-Signal

  • Analog integrated circuits
  • Communications ICs
  • Data converters
  • RF circuit design
  • Simulation & modeling
  • System-on-a-chip design

RF/Microwaves/mmWaves and Photonics

  • Computational techniques
  • Interconnects and electronic packaging
  • Measurement techniques
  • Modeling
  • RF/microwave/mmWave components, circuits, and sub-systems
  • RF photonics
  • Terahertz technology

Related Courses

  • ECE 4/522, 4/523 CMOS Integrated Circuits I & II
  • ECE 520 Analog Integrated Circuits
  • ECE 521 Analog Circuit Simulation
  • ECE 621 RF IC Design
  • ECE 627 Data Converters
  • ECE 626 Switched-Capacitor Circuits
  • ECE 599 Phase-Locked Loops I & II
  • ECE 699 Interconnects
  • ECE 4/571 Energy Efficient VLSI Design
  • ECE 4/574 VLSI System Design
  • ECE 669 Digital Communication Systems


Tejasvi Anand

Tejasvi Anand
Wireline communication systems; PLLs; regulators and sensors with emphasis on energy efficiency

Matt Johnston

Matt Johnston
Biosensor and bioelectronic platforms; massively-parallel sensing; lab-on-chip technologies for medical monitoring and point-of-care diagnostics

Karti Mayaram

Karti Mayaram
Simulation, modeling, and design of analog/RF CMOS circuits

Arun Natarajan

Arun Natarajan
mm-wave and sub-mmwave integrated circuits and systems for high-speed wireless communication and imaging

Andreas Weisshaar

Andreas Weisshaar
Passive RF and microwave circuits and components; embedded passives; interconnects and electronic packaging; signal integrity

Terri Fiez

Patrick Chiang
Energy-efficient VLSI systems (on/off chip interconnects; robust, near-threshhold computing); power-constrained, wireless medical electronics

Huaping Liu

Huaping Liu
Wireless systems; signal processing for communications

Un-Ku Moon

Un-Ku Moon
Low-voltage and high-performance analog CMOS integrated circuits; data converters; filters; PLLs; timing recovery

Gabor Temes

Gabor Temes
Data converters; switched-capacitor circuits; analog and mixed-mode integrated circuits


Research Facilities

Collaborative Research in Microelectronics (CRiME) Laboratory

The Collaborative Research in Microelectronics (CRiME) Laboratory is a fully equipped laboratory at Oregon State University for Communications/RF/mixed-signal research. It is housed in a 1,000 square feet facility. This laboratory is shared among faculty working in the simulation and design of RF/analog mixed-signal communication circuits and systems. The lab has a characterization facility that consists of computer-controlled instrumentation including DC to RF cascade probe stations, device characterization equipment (semiconductor parameter analyzer), mixed-signal circuit characterization equipment (oscilloscopes, RF signal sources, data acquisition, arbitrary waveform generator, logic analyzer), RF devices and circuit characterization equipment (26 GHz spectrum analyzer, 20 GHz network analyzer), and communications test equipment capable of generating almost all digital baseband and RF modulation schemes and performing bit-error-rate and communication channel measurements up to 26GHz. Additionally, the lab is equipped with a set of DSP development boards and core modules, microprocessor development boards and core modules, and a number of radio modules and antennas. All graduate students working in the mixed-signal and communication system area have Sun workstations at their desks. These facilities are sufficient for the faculty and students to fulfill the desired circuit and system-level research tasks.

Microwave Lab

  • Cascade Microtech microwave R&D probe station, model 42
  • Hp 8510C Network Analyzer (45 MHz- 50 GHz)
  • Hp 8510B Network Analyzer (10 MHz- 26.5 GHz)
  • Hp 8722C Network Analyzer (50 MHz- 40 GHz)
  • Hp 8752C Network Analyzer (100 KHz- 6 GHz)
  • Hp 8673A synthesized signal generator (2-26 GHz)
  • Hp 8970B Noise figure meter
  • Tektronix 2756P Spectrum Analyzer (10 KHz – 21 GHz)
  • Hp 54750A Digitized oscilloscope
  • Tektronix 11801A Digital Sampling oscilloscope
  • Tektronix CSA803 Com. Signal Analyzer
  • EMI antenna characterization system


Research Partners


AKM (Japan) logo Analog Devices logo Boeing logo Broadcom logo
Cadence logo Cypress Semiconductor logo Freescale logo IBM logo
Intel logo Kawasaki logo LSI logo National Semiconductor logo
Qualcomm logo Samsung logo Silicon Laboratories logo Tektronix logo
Texas Instruments logo      


Fudan University logo MIT logo Oregon Health & Science University logo Sogang University logo
Texas A&M University logo Tsinghua University logo University of Florida logo University of Idaho logo
UC San Diego logo University of Texas at Austin logo University of Washington logo Washington State University logo


Semiconductor Research Corporation logo Center for Design of Analog-Digital Integrated Circuits logo

Selected Projects

Energy-Efficient Interconnects

  • Aub-1mW/Gbps serial link transceivers
  • Low-power, multi-gigahertz ADCs for serial links
  • Low-power, on-chip links

Wireless, Biomedical Circuits and Systems
(Chiang, Temes)

  • Indoor, 3D position localization using UWB
  • Wireless, brain bandaid sensors
  • Short-range, wireless UWB transceivers

Low-Power Digital/Computer Architecture

  • Low-power, networks-on-chip
  • Near-threshold, parallel computer architecture


  • Process/power adaptive, RF transceivers
  • Far-field energy harvesting

Low Energy Analog to Digital Conversion
(Moon, Fiez, Hanumolu, Temes)

Power-Efficient Wide-Bandwidth Data Converters

(Hanumolu, Temes)

Wireless Sensor Network Circuits
(Fiez, Mayaram)

Cell Phone on Birds and Location Tracking
(Fiez, Mayaram)

  • Location device for studying bird migration patterns
  • GPS or cell tower location tracking
  • Lightweight and compact

Energy Harvesting Techniques
(Fiez, Mayaram)

Low Power Analog/RF Design
(Fiez, Mayaram)

Substrate Noise Coupling for Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits
(Fiez, Mayaram)

Simulation and Modeling for CMOS Analog/RF Design