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RF Back to Basics Seminar



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.


Enjoy a day of face to face networking with our Keysight experts and others in your field. We’ll provide the lunch, product fair the following technical sessions.


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.




Special Giveaways ( 1 per event)
- Bob Witte’s “Spectrum and Network Measurements” handbook, a perfect reference for R&D and Test Engineers
- “Cable and Connector Care” eLearning course , a NEW service offering from Keysight
- The ADS Example Book”, focusing on RF and Microwave design


8:00am-8:45am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45am – 9:15am – The RF/Microwave Signal Chain
9:15am - 10:30am – Network Analysis
10:30am -10:45am BREAK
10:45am – 12:00pm – Spectral Analysis
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch/Product Fair
12:45pm – 2:00pm – Signal Generation and Modulation
2:00pm- 2:30pm - Accuracy Matters!
2:30pm- 2:45pm – BREAK
2:45pm – 3:30pm – RF Simulation
3:30 pm-4:30 pm – Modular Test Creation
4:30pm – Wrap up




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
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
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.

Accuracy Matters!
What do you do with the result after you take a measurement? Often, people compare the result to a specification and make a “Pass” or “Fail” decision to ship or reject the item under test. They don’t teach you in school how accuracy affects the risk of incorrect Pass/Fail decisions. We will.

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 Creation
This section describes how to optimize modular tests for speed. Included are discussions on PXI hardware, software, and overall system configuration. Decisions made early in the process impact the ease of developing test programs as well as the solutions’ run-time performance. We will walk you through all the key considerations you should make for your modular test solution.