2023-2024 / ELEN0447-1

High-frequency electronics


26h Th, 12h Pr, 10h Labo.

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering5 crédits 


Jean-Michel Redouté, Benoît Vanderheyden

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This unit covers the theory and design of high-frequency electronics circuits.  The first part of the course will discuss the design of antennas and waveguides (sources of radiation, the Hertzian dipole, long-wire antennas, antenna arrays, aperture antennas, reciprocity and receiving antennas, impedance matching, baluns, miscellaneous antenna designs).  The second part will present practical transceiver architectures and basic RF concepts, and next will give an overview of essential circuit blocks that are found in modern transceiver circuits, such as LNAs, mixers, oscillators and PLLs.   

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the completion of this unit, the students will master the basics of antenna and high-frequency electronic circuits design.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

This unit targets students with an interest in practical electronic circuits working at high frequencies, wireless transceiver circuits and antenna design.  The content of this unit will appeal to students with an aptitude in electromagnetism and analog circuit design.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories.  The lab sessions are compulsory: they will not be marked, but their content will be evaluated during the written examination. 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings


B. Razavi, RF Microelectronics, Pearson Education, 2nd ed., 2012.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Additional information:

The examination will consist of a series of multiple choice questions and/or open questions, and will cover the theory lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The specific exam format will be discussed during the last lecture.  If warranted by the exam content, a formula sheet will be appended to the exam and distributed beforehand through "Mes Cours": basic non-programmable calculators will be allowed.



Written examination (100%)

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Refer to the "Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)" section here above.


Prof. Benoît Vanderheyden

Prof. Jean-Michel Redouté

Association of one or more MOOCs

There is no MOOC associated with this course.