Applied RF Techniques II
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This five-day course is a follow up course to Applied RF Techniques I and provides participants with the critical tools to design, analyze, test, and integrate nonlinear transmitter and receiver circuits and subsystems. Circuit level engineers will master the latest nonlinear design techniques to both analyze and design transceiver circuits. System engineers will examine commercially available integrated circuit functions; learn the performance limits and how to establish specifications. Test engineers will learn how to test and evaluate circuits. Transceiver circuits to be covered include power amplifiers and the critical receiver elements: oscillators and mixers. Receiver architecture and synthesizer design to meet critical requirements will be presented. Techniques to successfully integrate circuit functions for the transceiver will be presented.
Students are encouraged to bring their laptop computers to class. CAD software will be used to simulate design examples.
Upon completing the course you will be able to:
- Understand and quantify nonlinear effects of transmit and receive systems
- Use CAD nonlinear models to analyze/design circuits and transceivers
- Design efficient linear power amplifiers, using load pull data, as well as full nonlinear techniques for digital and analog input signals
- Compare and select various transmitter distortion reduction techniques
- Design high dynamic range sensitive receivers with multiple input signals
- Design signal sources using advanced phased lock loop techniques
- Design/specify/test low noise oscillators (DROs, Crystal, VCOs, VCXOs) and predict/minimize phase noise
- Design/specify/test passive and active mixers with various configurations and compare performance
- Integrate circuit functions considering PCB selection, grounding, interconnection techniques, isolation, and component interaction
Component and system designers, engineering managers, test and engineering technicians will benefit from this course. Applied RF Techniques I or equivalent practical experience is recommended for this course.