Build an intuitive understanding of how radio frequency printed circuits work. Explore the basics of electromagnetic fields and power transfer, printed circuit transmission and component topologies and passive and active circuit architectures. Discuss printed circuit design, fabrication and testing. Design, build and test a circuit as a lab exercise. Understand the underlying physics and tradeoffs in implementation.
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Who Should Attend
Engineers, technicians and managers
How You Will Benefit
Understand capabilities and functions of radio frequency printed circuits.
Know how and when to use either lumped or distributed passive circuits.
Explore basics of signal generation, amplification and reception.
Examine amplifier configurations for transmitters (power amplifiers) and receivers (low noise amplifiers).
Learn how to measure and assess circuit performance.
Discover how modulation works and how we use frequency mixers.
Understand how printed circuits are fabricated.
See examples of commercial drop-in components.
Learn the basics of circuit design simulation.
Introduction to RF printed circuit concepts
Basic electrical concepts and electromagnetic theory: Fields and voltages, currents, impedance
Scattering (S-) parameters
Transmission line theory, including an introduction to the Smith chart
How to make S-parameter measurements
Introduction to modeling and simulation of printed circuits
Printed transmission line basics: Microstrip, stripline, coplanar waveguide and slotline
Substrate material and metallization
Fabrication techniques, including print and etch process and multilayer
Passive circuits basics: Lumped and distributed
Passive filters and signal combining
Design, fabricate and test simple passive circuits
Active circuit basics: Signal generation, transmitters and receivers
Amplifier basics: Oscillators, low noise and power amplifiers
Modeling and simulation of active circuits
Modulation and mixers
Switches, connectors, circulators and other drop-in components
Commercially available components
Active circuit measurement techniques
Electromagnetic interference and shielding (anti-antennas)
Examples of radio frequency printed circuit applications in communications and radar
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