RF and Wireless Made Simple II

Course 058

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This two-day seminar provides anyone working in the RF industry with the opportunity to efficiently increase their understanding of RF terminology, components, and systems.

Learning objectives

Upon completing the course you will be able to:

• Convert dB and dBm values competently.
• Convert mismatch specifications to return loss, SWR, or reflection coefficient.
• Design microstrip transmission lines.
• Match with the Smith Chart.
• Explain an RF system block diagram.
• Describe the function and operation of each component of an RF system.
• Design a receiver to meet noise figure and intermod requirements.
• Select appropriate RF components for each system block from datasheets.
• Use simple RF software.

Target Audience

Practicing RF and wireless design and manufacturing engineers, general managers, technicians, salespersons and marketers will all benefit from this course. Prerequisites include attendance at RF and Wireless Made Simple I (or equivalent experience), and the ability to use a handheld scientific calculator.


Day One

Review of dB and dBm Conversions
Specifying Mismatches
 • Return loss • SWR • reflection coefficient • S Parameters • Conversion from one definition to another
Microstrip Transmission Lines
 • Choosing board material • Designing a 50-ohm line • Calculating microstrip line wavelength
Matching with the Smith Chart
 • Software • Matching of a transistor mounted on a microstrip board
RF System Block Diagram
Transmitter Components

Day Two

Receiver Components
 • Filters • Low noise amplifiers • Mixers
Receiver Performance
 • Noise figure • Intermodulation products • Dynamic range • Software
Antennas and Duplexers
RF System Design Exercise
 • Selecting appropriate components from a review of manufacturers' datasheets