ATI's Microwave & RF Circuit Design & Analysis course
This four-day course is designed for engineers,
technicians, and managers who are involved in
developing hardware for the Microwave and RF
industry. The material presented in this course is
useful for both discrete circuit and chip level
technologies. Techniques and designs will be
presented for active, passive and mixed mode
applications. Receiver and transmitters characteristics
will also be presented. Most sections of the course are
supported with simulations that verify the technical
presentation. Many technical references are provided
in each section of the course. Simulation files can be
provided upon request.
What you will learn:
- Describe RF circuit parameters and terminology.
- State the effects of parasitics on circuit
performance at RF.
- Use graphical design techniques and the Smith
- Match impedances and perform transformations.
- Predict RF circuit stability and stabilize circuits.
- Design small signal and low noise RF amplifiers.
- Design power amplifiers.
- Understand manufacturing issues that affect RF
- Design circuits that work the first time.
- Review of Basic Principles. Useful Equations and Tips.
- Transmission line concepts and techniques. Reflection Coefficient,
VSWR, Return Loss, Mismatch Loss. Electrical Length. Lossless and
Lossy Lines. Physical realization — microstrip, Stripline, coax,
Waveguide, CPW. Smith Chart. Impedance Matching. S-Parameters.
- Circuit Realization Considerations. Microwave R, L, C components.
Interconnects. Active Devices. Package Parasitics.
- CAD/CAE Tools. Microwave Office (Applied Wave Research).
Linear Simulator. Harmonic Balance Non-linear simulation. Volterra
mildly non-linear simulation. Electromagnetic Simulator. Layout
- Passive Networks. Couplers — Branchline, edge-coupled, Lange.
Splitters — symmetrical and non-symmetrical Wilkinson. Phase
Shifter-Schiffman and Branchline coupler. Filters LPF prototype,
HPF, Bandpass, Bandstop, Notch. Circulator. Baluns. Mixers —
balanced, double balanced, image reject. Attenuators — Pi, Tee,
balanced series and shunt.
- Active Linear Amplifier Design. Microwave Transistor Issues.
Silicon vs. GaAs. Noise sources. S-Parameters, noise figure
parameters. Test fixture and model development. Small Signal Design.
Low Noise Amplifier Design for maximum gain and low noise. Bias
network considerations. Noise Figure and/or linear power tradeoffs.
Intercept point (IP3) tradeoffs.
- Active Large Signal Amplifier Design. Device tradeoffs - Silicon vs.
GaAs. Single ended vs. push-pull. Non-linear device characterization.
Differences between push-pull and single-ended characterization.
Load-pull and source-pull methods. Circuit Design Issues including
CW vs. pulsed operation, Peak/Average Ratio and design
considerations, Optimal matching networks, Bias considerations,
Stability considerations, Balanced vs. push-pull vs. inphase
combining, Amplitude and Insertion phase tracking.
- Oscillator Design Considerations. Oscillators. Device Selection.
Phase Noise. VCO Design Example.
- System Issues. Receiver Design Issues. Cascaded noise figure (Friis
Formula). Cascaded IP3. Transmitter Design Issues. Up/down Converter
- Circuits Realization and Fabrication. Substrate materials and selection
tradeoffs. Component selection and mounting issues. Design for
Manufacture Issues. Housing Design and potential Waveguide issues.
Tuition for this course is $1940 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.