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RF & Microwave Board Design

RF Board Design

Ever increasing substrate layer counts, smaller form factors, complex packaging technologies, and closer design proximity in RF & MW board design continue to make designs ever more challenging. Keysight EEsof EDA provides proven RF/MW board design solutions with very accurate models and powerful simulation technologies ranging from circuit, electromagnetic (EM), and system level designs.

Key Success Factors for RF Board Design Flows

The keys to success in creating an efficient, practical RF Board design flow include:

  • The Widest variety of synthesis capabilities that enable RF Board designers to explore alternatives quickly and balance RF performance, parts count, and board area, within seconds, as well as to assess the cost-effectiveness of whether to make or buy a commercial component.
  • Accurate model libraries that support different simulation domains for various applications. Behavioral models are also important for initial system level designs and they can be extracted from datasheet, measurement, or simulation based.
  • Comprehensive vendor supplied libraries that enable the simulation of off-the-shelf components.
  • Accurate RF/microwave physical models such as microstrip, stripline, and coplanar waveguide.
  • Comprehensive simulation technologies in one environment including linear/nonlinear in frequency and time domain
  • Accurate and easy-to-use electromagnetic modeling to accurately account for design parasitics and radiation.
  • Co-simulation/Optimization that support system, circuit, physical, and EM co-simulation and optimization throughout the design process.
  • RF-aware Layout that preserves the electrical connectivity from schematic.
  • Robust layout artwork translators to insure a smooth hand-off to PCB manufacturing.
  • Links to high-frequency instruments to close the loop between modeled versus measured.

Unique Value for your RF/MW Board Design Success

Keysight Genesys offers a practical and affordable solution for your RF Board design flow, including:

  • Accelerated time-to-market with key productivity advantages, and an innovative array of simulation technologies.
  • Saved board turns with features for high-yield design, and integrated tools for physical design and EM simulation.
  • Lower requirements for training and support staff.
  • Very attractive pricing for both software and annual support.

Learn more about RF & Microwave Board Design Flow.

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Keysight EEsof EDA Newsletter - Product and Application News 
Keep tabs on the latest product and application news and review the archives of the Keysight EEsof EDA Newsletter.

Newsletter 2015-11-03

Using Automatic Synthesis of RF, Microwave & Analog Circuits to Increase Design Productivity by 10x 
Microwave Product Digest's October 2015 Featured Article written by How-Siang Yap of Keysight Technologies.

Feature Story 2015-10-28

Genesys - Brochure 
12-page Genesys color brochure and configuration guide. Provides information to help with purchasing decisions and justifications.

Brochure 2015-10-23

Discovering Genesys 
A collection of Keysight EEsof EDA Genesys video demonstrations and tutorials

Demo 2015-08-27

Synthesis Made Easy With Keysight Genesys  
Learn how to quickly design many different filters with various topologies in these short tutorial videos. The Genesys Synthesis building block contains the RF industry’s widest coverage of circuit and system synthesis capabilities for passive and active components. These step-by-step tutorials walk you through the steps to accelerate your routine design tasks from hours to minutes.

Demo 2015-08-20

Keysight Technologies' University Educational Support Programs Now in More Than 200 Universities 
Keysight announces that more than 200 universities in North America are now participating in the Keysight EEsof EDA University Educational Support Programs, which provide several thousand students with EDA software licenses.

Press Materials 2015-08-20

Oscillator Synthesis 
Learn the foundations of practical RF oscillation design in understanding the interaction of loop gain, zero phase crossing, phase slope and resonator characteristics on oscillator performance and transient startup. Then know how to select from 19 types of oscillator topologies and design them quickly with automatic calculation and optimization of component values through oscillator circuit synthesis.

Demo 2015-08-15

Splitter, Coupler, Balun and Attenuation Synthesis 
Learn about RF/microwave signal control using splitters, combiners, couplers, baluns and attenuators. Then quickly design from 27 different popular topologies such as Wilkinson splitter, Lange Coupler and 90 degree branch line including generation of their distributed layouts on microstrips using signal control synthesis.

Demo 2015-08-15

Transmission Line and Advanced Tline Synthesis 
Transmission line synthesis provides 24 types of rectangular and circular transmission line structures for interactive electrical-to-physical or physical-to-electrical synthesis of transmission line parameters such as impedance, even-odd mode impedance, coupling, spacing and width. Learn how to automatically convert a distributed electrical schematic into transmission line structures with automatic insertion and absorption of discontinuities such as chamfered bends, Tee’s, steps and end effects with Advanced Tline synthesis.

Demo 2015-08-15

Passive Filter Synthesis 
Learn how to quickly design LPF, BPF, HPF and Bandstop filters from a complete selection of response shapes such as Chebyshev, Butterworth, Cauer, Bessel or user-defined G-value tables. Automatically calculate LC component values for single-ended or balanced differential topologies for fast realization with passive filter synthesis. Includes singly terminated topologies for diplexer and multiplexer designs.

Demo 2015-08-15

Equalization Network Synthesis 
Learn how to quickly design active and passive equalization networks to correct for group delay and phase distortions in your RF systems or circuits such as filters and amplifiers defined by measured S-parameters or equivalent circuits. Automatically calculate and optimize component values of analog equalization networks with equalization network synthesis.

Demo 2015-08-15

Phase Locked Loop PLL Synthesis 
Designing phase locked loops (PLL) for frequency synthesizers or frequency/phase modulator/demodulator can be a daunting task because of the multiple interactions of the PLL components such as reference source, loop filter, phase-frequency-detector, divider and VCO. PLL synthesis interactively guides the designer in selecting the appropriate specs for these components in order to achieve the desired balance of loop stability, phase noise and lock time.

Demo 2015-08-15

RF Mixer Synthesis 
Learn about RF mixer characteristics and how to select from 11 different passive and active topologies including single ended, balanced, double-balanced and Gilbert Cell for achieving the required frequency translation conversion gain and LO-RF-IF isolation. Then design them quickly with automatic calculation of component values through mixer circuit synthesis.

Demo 2015-08-15

WhatIF Frequency Planning Synthesis 
When selecting LO and IF frequencies in RF systems for receivers or transmitters, it is extremely tideous to identify all interfering frequency mixing spurious and intemod signals that result near the desired IF. Learn how to do frequency planning quickly and interactively compare high-side or low-side mixing to obtain a spurious-free frequency plan that requires minimal filtering. This video also shows how to perform multi-band down conversion frequency planning to a common IF for economical realization.

Demo 2015-08-15

Active Analog Filter Synthesis 
Learn how to quickly design active analog filters with op-amps from a complete selection of response shapes such as Chebyshev, Butterworth, Bessel Cauer or user-defined G-value tables. Select from all popular topologies such as biquad, elliptic, single or multiple feedback for fast realization with active filter synthesis. Includes singly terminated topologies for diplexer and multiplexer designs.

Demo 2015-08-15

Determining the Best RF Simulation Tools as an RF Consulting Engineer 
Independent consulting in RF and microwave engineering is a growing trend and many engineers are delivering their highly sought after RF expertise back to the industry.

Article 2015-06-08

Intercept Technology Announces Enhancements to Advanced Design System Interface Functionality 
Intercept Technology Inc., a leading EDA software developer for PCB, RF and hybrid design solutions, announces enhancements to the ADS Board Link interface functionality within Pantheon.

Press Materials 2015-05-22

Intercept Technology Announces Integration of Advanced Design System Macros in Pantheon 
Intercept Technology Inc., a leading EDA software developer for PCB, RF and hybrid design solutions, today announced an agreement to integrate Keysight ADS Board Link macros within the Pantheon design application environment.

Press Materials 2015-05-18

How to Characterize and Optimize Connector to Board Transition Designs 
This video demonstrates how to accurately model an SMA to PCB transition to obtain agreement between simulated and measured results and how to improve the transition performance.

How-To Video 2015-01-15

How to Design RF and Microwave Impedance Matching Networks 
This video describes how to design RF and Microwave impedance matching networks.

How-To Video 2015-01-14

Discovering ADS 
A collection of Keysight EEsof EDA ADS video demonstrations and tutorials

Demo 2014-10-28

ADS Videos on YouTube 
Advanced Design System (ADS) Video Library playlist in Keysight EEsof EDA's Channel on YouTube

Demo 2014-08-06

Keysight EEsof EDA Customer Support - Brochure 
Whether you are a novice or an experienced user, Keysight EEsof EDA’s customer support offerings are designed to help you every step of the way.

Brochure 2014-08-03

Digital Predistortion Linearizes Wireless Power Amplifiers 
This Article by Wan-Jong Kim, Shawn P. Stapleton, Jong Heon Kim, and Cory Edelman focuses on how digital predistortion linearizes wireless power amplifiers.

Article 2014-07-31

New LDMOS Model Delivers Powerful Transistor Library - Part 1 
This Article presents a new CMC LDMOS model that can accurately predicts both small-signal and nonlinear performance, and is scalable for devices of different sizes and power output capabilities.

Article 2014-07-31


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