MMIC Design Overview

  • Webinar Date

    June 10, 2015

  • Webinar Time

    8am PT/ 11am ET/ 3pm UTC

Webinar Overview

This webinar gives an overview of some of the practical strategies required to achieve success in the design of monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs).

The following topics will be covered:

  • The advantages and limitations of MMIC Designs
  • Active device modeling
  • Calculating the lifetime of MMICs
  • Modeling passive components
  • Preventing unwanted oscillations

Presenter Bio: 
Dr. Darwish received his Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, in 1996. In 1990, he joined COMSAT Laboratories where he conducted the experimental work on his M. S. thesis. In 1992, he joined the Optics and Quantum Electronics Group, MIT as a research assistant. In 1997, he co-founded Amcom Communications Inc., a leading supplier of high power microwave integrated circuits. At Amcom Communications he served as the vice president of product development where he designed and commercialized several product lines. In May 2003 he joined a US government research lab where he conducted research on wide bandgap materials (GaN), thermal analysis of active devices, and novel MMIC concepts.

Dr. Darwish designed several state-of-the-art monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) including an X-band low phase noise oscillator, GaN mm-wave power amplifiers, SiGe mm-wave amplifiers, broadband high power amplifiers (in the L-, S-, X-, Ku-, and Ka-band), mixers, a DC-40 GHz digital attenuator, phase shifters, and charge pumps. He also built and tested a 1000-Watt linearized amplifier for WCDMA base stations, a high efficiency 200-Watt S-band amplifier, and a Ku-band packaged power amplifier MMIC for very small aperture terminal (VSAT) applications. He has published over 70 technical articles, and has developed a number of short courses on microwave circuit design through Besser Associates Inc.. He is currently conducting research on thermal effects in MMICs, and innovative power amplifier topologies. Dr. Darwish is presenting the following Besser public course: GaN Power Amplifiers: Jun 02-Jun 04, 2015, Web Classroom, WebEx.