RF Measurements:Principles & Demonstration
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This course includes measurement demonstrations in the classroom.
Dec 05-Dec 09, 2016 - San Jose, CA /
$2,295 until 11/09/2016, then $2,595
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This 5-day lecture-based course explains essential RF measurements that must be made on modern wireless communications equipment - mobile/smart phones, wireless LANs, GPS navigation systems, and others. Current models of the essential test instruments will be explained and demonstrated, including vector network analyzers, power meters, spectrum analyzers, digitally modulated signal generators and vector signal analyzers.
All of the measurements will be demonstrated on actual RF wireless components including power amps, LNAs, mixers, upconverters, and filters. These measurements will include traditional tests of power, gain, group delay, S parameters, AM to PM, intermodulation products, harmonics and noise figure. The unique measurements of wireless communications will then be made with PSK and FSK digitally modulated signals including spectral regrowth, constellation diagram distortion, error vector magnitude (EVM), and bit error rate.
Upon completing the course you will be able to:
- describe the RF measurements that must be made on modern wireless communication equipment.
- take proper care of RF cables and connectors in the lab
- explain why the various measurements must be made.
- operate the RF test equipment that is used to make these measurements
- setup and calibrate a Vector Network Analyzer measurement
- make measurements on power amps, LNA's, mixers, upconverters and filters
- make traditional tests of power, gain, group delay, S parameters, AM to PM, intermodulation products, harmonics, and noise figure with CW signals.
- ensure that distortion products from the instrumentation are not corrupting the measurement results
- make measurements with PSK and FSK digitally modulated signals of spectral regrowth, constellation diagram distortion and ISI, error vector magnitude, and bit error rate.
- develop reasonable expectations for measurement uncertainties.
Design and production engineers and technicians interested in improving measurement skills through a practical approach will benefit from this course. The lecture includes a review of wireless communication systems, RF components and the tests that must be made, making this an ideal course for professionals wishing to have a thorough grounding in the knowledge of how wireless systems operate.