Basic Concepts of RF Printed Circuits

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Basic Concepts of RF Printed Circuits

Course Description

Build an intuitive understanding of how radio frequency printed circuits work by taking this Basic Concepts of RF Printed Circuits course. You will explore the basics of electromagnetic fields and power transfer, printed circuit transmission and component topologies, and passive and active circuit architectures. You will discuss printed circuit design, fabrication, and testing, as well as participate in a lab exercise to design, build, and test a circuit. Walk away from this course with an understanding of the underlying physics and tradeoffs in implementation.

Course Content


  • Review of dBs and nomenclature used to characterize RF Circuits
  • Review of Basic RF engineering


  • Review of Transmission Lines and S-Parameters
  • Overview of passive circuit designs including impedance matching, dividers, couplers, and filters
  • Hands-on passive circuit fabrication and measurement lab


  • Basic of amplifiers and terminology
  • Active RF circuit designs including Oscillators, Low Noise Amplifiers, and Power Amplifiers
  • Hands-on active circuit fabrication and measurement lab


  • Overview of approaches used in computer simulation of RF circuits
  • Measurement techniques including demos beyond the lab exercises


  • System level analysis of RF Circuits
  • Practical guidance for minimizing EMI issues
  • Examples of the decisions made in the development of RF systems
Requirements & Materials



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

Session Details

  • 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

This course is designed for engineers, technicians, and managers.

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What You Will Learn

  • Basic electrical concepts and electromagnetic theory: fields and voltages, currents, and 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
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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.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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