RF & Microwave Circuit Design & Simulation Seminar

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RF & Microwave Circuit Design & Simulation Seminar

Keysight Technologies will be present at this one day event at the University of Manchester, 15th June 2016. Hear the experiences of industry experts engaged in the key stages of RF, microwave and mmW design flow; from high level system analysis through to circuit design and packaging considerations. The event is suited for Engineers, Researchers, Consultants and Managers engaged in the field of high frequency circuit design or system design.


Peter James, Airbus
‘Modelling of Multi-Port Amplifiers for Space Applications’

The Multiport Amplifier (MPA) is a device composed of different input and output ports with many amplifiers that gives an increased power output than would otherwise be obtained from a single amplifier. It also allows for greater flexibility and greater efficiencies to be attained. This paper will show the different applications for space based MPAs and the modelling approach taken. Finally it will present some measured results and theoretical predictions.

Eva Ribes-Vilanova, Keysight
‘Designing & Verifying Advanced Radar Systems in SystemVue’

As design and test challenges for advanced radar/ew systems increase, radar system designers need a tool for modeling, simulation and testing of their new algorithms as well as verifying new transmitters or receivers.
In this session I will give you an overview on how SystemVue enables radar architects to quickly create new designs. SystemVue Modeling and Simulation Platform reduces the need for expensive chambers, hardware emulators, faders, and field testing in early design phases, saves time by verifying algorithms prior to targeted FPGA/ASIC implementation and minimizes project costs with easily reconfigured Keysight simulation tools and test equipment. Radar System designers need a tool for modeling, simulation and testing of their new algorithms as well as verifying new transmitters or receivers. SystemVue supports system- level validation across DSP, RF, and EM domains and it includes real world environment scenarios such as Interference, target RCS, Clutter, and Jamming.

Dave Morris, Keysight
‘Simulation in the RFMW Circuit Design Flow’ 

Driven largely by ever higher levels of circuit integration and complexity, the use of electromagnetic (EM) field solvers is becoming increasingly important to many RF/Microwave and High Speed Digital Designers. Whilst commercial computer aided design (CAD) tools are widely used in the industry for analysing circuits using a circuit theory approach the use of EM field solvers is less pervasive and for many, EM simulation is still regarded as something of a ‘Dark art’.
Several key EM simulation technologies have emerged over recent years, these include the Method of Moments (MoM), Finite Element (FEM) and Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) solutions. Although in principal these technologies could be used to solve the same problems there are often good practical reasons why one particular simulator is better suited to solving a particular problem type. Furthermore, the ease with which EM simulation can be incorporated into the ‘circuit’ design flow is a key consideration. This paper outlines the three EM solution techniques available in the Keysight EDA tools and demonstrates some unique benefits of using a closely coupled circuit / EM design flow.

Chris Buck, Filtronic
‘E-band Point to Point Transceiver Development’

The massive growth in mobile data is making increasing demands on backhaul capacity. Existing point to point links make use of ~15GHz of total bandwidth distributed in narrow licenced bands between 6 to 42GHz. These are already running close to capacity and more bandwidth is urgently needed to keep pace with the forecast growth in mobile data. An additional 21GHz of bandwidth has been allocated in V, E and W bands (57 to 95GHz), and is now coming into use. These frequencies offer opportunities to use much wider channels, up to ~2GHz, and the potential for data rates up to ~10Gbps. This paper will deal with some of the design methodologies in making low cost, high performance transceivers at these frequencies, particularly in the areas of MMIC technology and diplexer design. Considerations will be made of manufacturing tolerances and process variation, operation over a specified temperature range, reliability and stability, integration into transceivers and testability. The relevant microwave parameters simulated will be presented and will show good agreement with actual measurements.


Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the field, there’s something for you. To register for the event at the University of Manchester, please click here.

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