RF Fundamentals – Course Details

Course Length: 1 Day

Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the terminology, concepts, and techniques associated with testing RF semiconductor circuits. The course begins by discussing RF components, moves to transmission line theory, and then concentrates on RF test concepts.

Many digital, and mixed signal engineers are now faced with the task of testing integrated RF, Microwave, and Wireless circuits. This course is designed to jump-start your understanding of RF terminology, components, test hardware, and test methodologies.

Goal

Our goal is to provide useful information that will quickly improve the skill set required to be a productive RF Test or Product Engineer. We present an environment where questions and interactions are welcomed and everyone is treated with respect regardless of their experience level.

Content

The course information presented includes the following:

Microwaves and their special characteristics
Popular acronyms used in microwave theory, testing and application
Conversion of dB and dBm values
Microwave devices and their functions
Microwave devices within communication systems
Transmission line theory and how it relates to microwave circuit design
Relationships between propagation co-efficient, characteristic impedance, phase velocity, reflection coefficient, voltage standing wave ratios (VSWR) and transmission line theory
Types of transmission lines
The function and operation of various component of a microwave system
Test methodologies for verifying scattering parameters
Components and essence of Smith Charts
Smith Chart calculations used to design microwave circuits
Ways to compensate for impedance and admittance
Common devices tested in the microwave frequencies
Common tests performed on microwave devices
Microwave instruments in the ATE environment
Distribution Materials
Handout of course slides and all classroom materials are provided with the course

Prerequisites

Students should have completed the Soft Test Digital Test Technology class or have equivalent experience.

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