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Fundamentals of RF System Design and Simulation

This 3-day short course delivered by Dr Rowan Gilmore will focus on trade-offs in designing wireless systems, and show how to seamlessly move between both the circuit and system level in radio transceivers and other RF systems. We do this by looking at typical radio architectures, exploring the design trade-offs, and simulating at both the circuit and system level.

The course treats digitally coded signals in RF and IF components, and explores the compromises that are inherent in the design of a radio transceiver. From the RF perspective, the need to minimize interference from nearby unwanted stronger signals and to allow detection of a desired signal in noise is critical. Avoiding corruption of other signals sharing the spectrum is equally critical.

Achieving both together is not so simple! In wireless LAN for instance, trade-offs made to solve one problem, like multi-path reception, have placed tight constraints on other parts of the system, such as the linearity of the power amplifier.

We will interactively simulate a double super-heterodyne, dual-band radio receiver, as well as multiple components. This provides the opportunity to explore ‘what if?’ scenarios.

To benefit most, bring your own laptop computer and, prior to attending; obtain a free trial license of the Visual Systems Simulator (VSS) from Applied Wave Research at www.appwave.com.

Target Audience

Researchers, scientists and engineers.

Course Outline

Introduction to Radio Systems and Digital Communications:

Revision of coding and modulation formats; Baseband filtering; Typical receiver system architectures: Direct conversion, super-heterodyne, dual conversion superheterodyne.

Characterisation and Measurement of Receivers:

Noise in receivers; Selectivity, sensitivity and minimum detectable signal; Nonlinearities and third-order intermodulation distortion; Reception in the presence of interferers; Dynamic range and how to improve it with AGC.

Characterisation and Measurement of Transmitters:

Power and harmonic distortion; Spurious products; ACPR, Spectral regrowth and linearity; Efficiency.

Simulation of a Dual-band Superhet Radio Receiver:

Spreadsheet-based linear systems analysis Calculation of sensitivity and dynamic range Systems simulation AGC to Increase the Dynamic Range Effect of changing the gain, intercept point, and filtering.

System considerations for Amplifiers, Mixers, and Oscillators:

Design tradeoffs between linearity, power, and efficiency Classes of amplifier operation Simulation of spectral regrowth with different modulation formats

Phase Noise in Oscillators;

Calculating allowable phase noise from system specifications; I -Q modulators and the importance of quadrature.

Course Details

Course start 7 May 2018
Course end 9 May 2018
Individual price $2,800.00
Extra Information To secure your seat please submit a Registration Form. If you are waiting for financial/supervisor approval you are welcome to reserve a seat without commitment. Please note that the course fee is ex GST. We thank you for your interest and look forward to hearing from you.
Course location Adelaide (Mawson Lakes)
Please register your interest in this course by contacting Babcock on +61 (0)8 8440 1498

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