Advanced Parametric Modeling and Yield Optimization Approaches for Microwave Passive Components

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Zhang, Jianan




Parametric modeling and yield optimization techniques play important roles in electromagnetic (EM)-based microwave component design. In the first part of this thesis, we propose a novel training approach for parametric modeling of microwave passive components with respect to changes in geometrical parameters. In the proposed approach, the EM responses of passive components versus frequency are represented by pole-zero transfer functions. The relationships between the poles/zeros in the transfer function and geometrical variables are learnt by neural networks. A novel sensitivity-analysis-based pole/zero-matching algorithm is proposed have fast and reliable predictions for the poles/zeros subject to large geometrical variations, consequently increasing the accuracy of the overall model. In the second part of this thesis, we propose a novel surrogate-assisted yield-driven EM optimization approach combining parallel space-mapping (SM), trust region algorithm, and polynomial chaos expansion (PCE). In this approach, a novel trust region algorithm is proposed to increase the robustness of the SM surrogate in each iteration during yield optimization. The parallel computation method is used to train the surrogate to be valid in a larger neighborhood. The PCE approach is incorporated into the proposed technique to further speed up yield verification on the fine model. The proposed technique can achieve a higher yield increase with shorter CPU time by reducing the number of SM iterations. As a further advancement, in the third part of this thesis, we propose a novel non-surrogate-based approach to yield-driven EM optimization based on PCE. We first formulate a novel objective function for yield-driven EM optimization. We then derive the sensitivities of the objective function. These sensitivities are then used in gradient-based optimization algorithms to find the optimal yield solution iteratively. Using the proposed objective function, the number of EM simulations required to find the update direction and suitable step size for the change of the nominal point is reduced at each iteration of optimization. This allows the proposed technique to achieve similar yield increase using much fewer EM simulations or greater yield increase using similar number of EM simulations. All the proposed approaches are illustrated by microwave examples.


Engineering - Electronics and Electrical
Computer Science




Carleton University

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