Student project: Design of Crystal-less Transceiver

Eindhoven - Student
More than two weeks ago

In implantable/wearable application, a need for complete monolithic RF/ sensor nodes is arising from reducing size and cost. However, crystal oscillator as a clock reference is inevitable, which hinders full chip integration. This project focuses on designing the crystal-less transceiver for low-cost and small size radio. 


Student project: Design of Crystal-less Transceiver

What you will do

Crystal oscillators become one of the most critical component in wireless communication. However, it limits the size and cost reduction of the overall wireless module. Many applications, e.g., implantable devices, need a complete integration for small-size and cost-efficiency RF transceiver, which cannot afford to employ a bulky external crystal. To realize a miniaturized and low-cost transceiver, the crystal-less transceiver design will be investigated in this project. A low-jitter and low-frequency CMOS oscillator can substitute for the crystal oscillator.

In this project, three main goals will be implemented in advanced CMOS technology: 

  • Design for crystal-less receiver with high sensitivity.
  • CMOS reference clock design.
  • Overall Transceiver design and its verification. 

Your Tasks:

  • Literature studies on state-of-the-art wireless transceiver
  • Understanding both analog and digital design methodologies
  • Architecture study and proposal
  • Circuit implementation
  • Layout and post-layout simulation
  • (Option) Tape-out and measurement

What we do for you

You will be part of a team with the mission to develop world-class ultra-low power transceivers, with a sub-mW power consumption. These are used
in advanced radio and radar systems. The team is internationally recognized as a center of excellence in the field of ultra-low power transceiver design. The
ULP Wireless Systems team, is part of a broader program on wireless sensor node technology and designs prototypes of new ICs and new electronic systems for
demonstration and transfer to industrial partners.

Who you are

  • Msc student in Electrical Engineering. 
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of designing CMOS circuits.
  • 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. If you know someone who could be the right fit for the job click on ’refer’.

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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