Introduction to RF and Wireless System Design

Course Summary

This seminar provides technical professionals with a firm grounding in the language and meaning of technical RF and wireless concepts. It also conveys a conceptual understanding of wireless systems operation. All explanations use simple physical descriptions without complex mathematics. This course has been expanded and updated to include descriptions of new short range systems such as Wi-Fi and WiMAX as well as RFID tags.

Course Details

Course ID:SOL-FC-001
Course Duration:32 Hours
Delivery Options
PREREQUISITES: Calculus and Basic Probability Theory, Analog/Digital Communication Principles, Fundamentals of Electromagnetics.

Course Outline

RF DESIGN ESSENTIALS
RF Waves Defined, RF Wave Characteristics & Simulation, Frequency, Wavelength, Power, Phase, RF Wave Propagation Mechanisms – Near & Far Field Effects, RF Transmission Lines – Simulation & Analysis, Waveguide/Coax/Microstrip, Impedance Matching, Microstrip Board Materials, Component fabrication using microstrip lines, Mismatches and Return Losses SWR, Reflection Coefficient Conversion S-Parameters, Matching with the Smith Chart
RF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND RFICs
RF Transmitters, Phase Locked Oscillators, Modulators, Attenuators, Amplifiers and Amplifier non-linearity Directional Couplers, Detectors, RFICs
ANTENNA DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Antenna principles, Antenna types, Phased Array Antennas, Duplexers, Synthesis and Analysis of Various Antenna Models using CAD/CAE Tools.
MATHEMATICAL TOOLS
Method of Moments & FD-TD Methods for Computation and Analysis.
RF RECEIVERS
Noise in RF Receivers, Filters, Low-Noise Amplifiers (LNA), Mixers, Intermodulation Products, Overall Receiver Performance.
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN TOOLS
RF Integrated Circuits (RFIC and SOC) & RF CAE
WIRELESS SYSTEM DESIGN & SHORT RANGE COMMUNICATION
Wireless System Fundamentals, Discrete Event Simulation, Signal Processing Principles, Time and Frequency, Voice and Phone, Video, Digitizing of Analog Signals, Data Bit Error Rate, Signal Processing for Digitized Data, Voice and Video, Packetizing of Digital Bits, Error Correction Techniques.
MULTIPLE ACCESS METHODOLOGIES
Multiple Access Methods, Analysis, Simulation, Throughput Calculations, Improvements, Growth of Mobile Cellular Voice Capabilities.
CELLULAR SYSTEM DESIGN
Introduction to Cellular Systems Design, Third Generation (3G) Cellular Phones w/Voice, Video, Data Capability, Data Transmission Using Cell Phones, Growth of data transmission capability, Comparison of data rate technologies, Data rate enhancements, 4G Cellular Standards.
SHORT RANGE, HIGH DATA RATE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
Wi-Fi (802.11), OFDM, MIMO, Bluetooth, WiMAX, RFID Design Concepts.
CORE TECHNOLOGY AREAS COVERED
RF and Antenna Design Principles, Wireless System Design, Short Range Networks, Cellular Systems Overview.