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Monolithic Microwave IC Design

Are you interested how Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circutis (MMIC) design techniques work? The MMIC Design programme provides a general overview of Monolithic Microwave IC (MMIC) design techniques, design tools and models as well as practical design exercises. In addition, you will also address substrate properties, package parasites and their impact on MMIC design, and fundamental building blocks.

  • Gain basic knowledge in the field of monolithic microwave IC design
  • Flexible blended learning format
  • Study while you work

Dates / Location / Cost

DateLocation Costs
01.04.2022 - 30.09.2022
Course ID: UUL_SST_ICDesign_202204
Ulm & online 1.170,00 

Institution and Location


School of Advanced Professional Studies Ulm University


Ulm University & online

Target Audience and Prerequisites

Target Audience

This programme is aimed at bachelor, diploma or state examination graduates with solid basic knowledge in an engineering subject, technical computer science or physics, who would like to deal intensively with issues relating to sensor technology and systems engineering.


Prerequisite is a first university degree e.g. bachelor, diploma, state examination etc. in a technical subject. Students should have knowledge of principles of Analog Circuit Design, principles of Radio Frequency Engineering and a fundamental knowledge of transistor function (pHEMT, MOSFET, BJT).

Content and Learning Objectives


  • General overview of MMIC design techniques
  • MMIC design tools and models
  • Substrate properties, packaging parasitics, and their impact on MMIC design
  • Fundamental building blocks:
  • Amplifiers (low-noise, wideband, power)
  • Artificial transmission lines and distributed circuit topologies
  • Mixers
  • Oscillators
  • Frequency multipliers and dividers
  • Phase shifters and vector modulators

Programme Details

The online study takes place in self-study and in the form of group work. For self-study, video lectures are available, which clearly present the course content, and a detailed script. The reader-friendly script is prepared according to the didactic concept of the University of Ulm for part-time participants: it contains, for example, learning stops, multiple-choice questions, exercises, etc.

Your mentor will offer you online consultation sessions at regular intervals to support you in working through the learning material. An online forum for exchange with the other participants will also be available.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course program, participants will be able to:

  • recognize fundamental requirements of microwave/millimeter-wave communication systems
  • review and analyze common circuit concepts and topologies, and identify those which meet the requirements
  • synthesize circuits to meet a set of requirements, and assess their functional performance using computer aided design tools, compare their results with the requirements, leading to circuit optimization

Course Format, Certification, Quality Assurance

Course Format



Upon successful completion of the course program, you will receive a certificate as well as a supplement that lists the contents of the course as an overview.


The course program requires a total of 180 hours of workload.

Creditpoints (ECTS)



Deutsch / English

Dates and Deadlines

Course Dates

The exact dates for the classroom sessions as well as the exam dates are yet to be announced.




Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Schumacher, Institute of Electronic Devices and Circuits, Ulm University

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