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Student project: Power-supply rejection techniques for modern high-efficiency IoT PA’s

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We research new architectures and methods for RF transceivers for IoT radios. These radios include components like PLL, PA, LNA, ADC, mixer, baseband filter, etc. This project focusses at developing one of those components: The Power Amplifier.

What you will do

Power amplifiers (PA) are key building blocks for IoT sensor nodes. Modern IoT PAs are very efficient, but do not respond well to distortion on their power supply. Hence, to meet the spectral requirements of the radio regulations, a clean supply is necessary. Creating a clean supply costs power, reducing the system efficiency. This project focusses at inventing a PA architecture which has both a high efficiency and a high tolerance to supply distortion. 

  • Literature studies on state-of-the-art IoT transmitters.
  • Understanding both analog and digital/system design methodologies.
  • Architecture study and proposal.
  • Circuit implementation.
  • Layout and post-layout simulation.
  • In case of high-quality design: making design into a test-chip which will be produced (tape-out).


What we do for you

As the world-best research institute, we are the center of the excellence in Nano-electronics design for Internet of Things. In this internship project, you will be working on the cutting-edge research project, under the supervision of the world-renown researchers from diverse background.  


Who you are

  • You are an MSc student.
  • You are available for a period of 12 months.
  • Good analytical skills (e. g. Mathematical skills).
  • Good CAD skills (e. g. MATLAB/Cadence).
  • Knowledges of designing CMOS circuits.
  • Knowledges of RF systems.
  • Entitled to do an internship in the Netherlands.
  • Motivated student eager to work independently and expand knowledge in the field.      
  • Good written and verbal English skills.



Click on ‘apply’ to submit your application. You will then be redirected to e-recruiting.

Please be advised that non-EU/EEA country students that are studying outside of the Netherlands, need to have a work-permit to be able to do an internship in the Netherlands.

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