RF Fundamentals (Updated)

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RF Waves Defined
 • Electromagnetic energy and transmission techniques • Defining waves and how they propagate
RF Fundamental Concepts
 • Understanding RF Terminology • It’s all about RF power • Conversion to the dB scale, dB, dBc, dBm, etc • Terms used to describe the RF performance (Reflection Coefficient, VSWR, Return Loss) • How to minimize mismatch losses
RF Tools and Techniques
 • Applications of a smith chart • Basic impedance analysis techniques to maximize power • Transmission line simulation tools for optimizing performance
Scattering Parameters
 • Defining large signal and small scattering parameters • Review of one-port and two -port measurement techniques • Cascading building blocks and analyzing performance based on S-parameters
Impedance Matching Techniques
 • Power flow in two port networks • Basic design techniques • Single section matching network examples
Small Signal & Large Signal Design Concepts
 • The difference between small signal and large signal applications in radio systems •  Thermal noise and system noise and how it effects signal performance • Small Signal design examples in radio architectures (Low Noise Amplifiers) • Large Signal design examples in radio architectures ( Power Amplifiers)
Cellular Handsets from an RF Perspective
 • Basic handset RF architectures • Small signal RF performance and typical specifications • Large signal RF performance and typical specifications • Future RF designs and what to expect in performance