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RF Back to Basics Seminar - 2016



Today's engineers working in communications, consumer electronics and aerospace-defense are faced with increasingly complex design and measurement challenges and rapidly changing technology. A strong foundation in basic measurement and simulation techniques is essential for success. This seminar will improve your understanding of basic RF measurement, design and simulation techniques.


Recent engineering graduates, experienced R&D engineers transitioning to RF, or technicians and engineers involved in manufacturing test and/or design and simulation will benefit from this seminar. Attendees should have a good understanding of basic electrical engineering principles.




8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45- 9:00 The RF/MW Signal Chain

9:00- 10:30 Network Analysis Basics

10:30- 10:45 BREAK

10:45- 12:00 Signal Generation/Modulation Basics

12:00 – 12:45 LUNCH

12:45 – 2:30 Spectrum Analysis Basics

2:30 - 2:45 BREAK

2:45 – 3:45 RF Simulation Basics

3:45 – 4:45 Modular Test and Automation Basics

4:45 Wrap-Up and Giveaway


Come and enter the drawing for the spectrum and network measurement handbook, a perfect reference for R&D and Test Engineers.


September 14, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland -Beaverton
15402 NW Cornell Rd
Beaverton, OR 97006
September 21, 2016
Courtyard Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Ctr.
1100 South Price Road
Chandler, AZ 85286


The RF/MW Signal Chain
This section will introduce the transmit and receive signal chains and important characteristics for design and measurement that will be discussed throughout the day.

Network Analysis Basics
This section will cover transmission line theory, S-parameters, the Smith Chart and impedance measurements/matching. Transmit/receive and directivity paths will be described along with how dynamic range and accuracy can be optimized. Calibration and error correction will also be covered.

Signal Generation and Modulation Basics
This section will first cover CW signal generation and characteristics, including phase-noise and signal synthesis using VCO’s and Phase-Locked-Loops. From there we will discuss analog and digital modulation generation and measurement techniques.

Spectral Analysis
This section covers swept tuned and FFT receiver techniques and the optimization of spectral search techniques including RBW, VBW and dynamic range criteria for the most accurate measurements. Distortion and noise contributions are described as well.

RF Simulation
This section will illustrate the ADS RF/Microwave Design Simulation Tool and demonstrate S-parameter simulation, impedance matching, tuning, optimization and device modeling. X-parameters are introduced and the integration of S-parameters into test/design is explained.

Modular Test and Automation Basics
This section describes how to develop and control modular test solutions, including details of how to migrate benchtop software to modular systems and the software standards implemented for Keysight and other vendor components. Programming of the modular test solution and optimization for speed will be discussed.