Basic Concepts of RF Printed Circuits

Course Description

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.

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Aug 28, 2018 Aug 30, 2018 Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,795 18208
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14478 Sep 23, 2014 Sep 25, 2014 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
15255 Aug 18, 2015 Aug 20, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
16086 Aug 2, 2016 Aug 4, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
17037 Aug 29, 2017 Aug 31, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695

Special Discounts

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

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



  • Notebook of presentation slides
  • CD of course materials and noncommercial software 

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Glenn Hopkins