I am a student at local faculty of Electrical Engineeing, and I just recently started using Cadence Virtuoso. The thing is, I am also employed, and I'm attending this course in RF electronics at the department which I don't belong to.
We had a couple of lab exercises till now, using Virtuoso, and that's about it.
Soon, I will have to start with the project which is requred in this course, and the goal of the project is to design one of the following: LNA, mixer, oscillator, PLL or power amplifier. And we also have to choose if it's going to be for the receiver or for the transmitter. I think I didn't miss anything...
I am still a liitle behind in theory, so I am learning from Razavi's book at home when I find the time (my job is very time-consuming). Also, most of the other students have divided between themselves to work in pairs and triples; since I don't know anybody, I'll work my part solo. I am also not managing to get any hep from the professor; he is a good guy, but very busy unfortunately.
I was wondering if someone here would be kind to me give a few pointers, 'cause I desperately need them:
1) Which of these projects would be the easiest to implement? I usually don't go for the path of least resistance, but in this case... the fact is that I'm a total beginner and I have to do this solo.
2) Is there any help or demo project, or something, that could show me the ropes. not to start from scratch, so to speak? I assume there is, but I don't have the luxury of starting Cadence and browsing through it; I can only use it at the lab across the city, when I find the time after work.
3) Other than Razavi's book, is there any other piece of literature you would recommend for the beginner? The book is great, but sometimes I do have a liitle trouble with some parts of the book.
Any help is greatly appreciated and thanks for your time!
That was such a long story :)
1. I prefer designing LNA, or Mixer.
The examples are designed in ADS, but will give you some idea.
3. I guess Razavi's books are appropriate for beginners.