RF Systems Integration/Transceiver Architecture

These courses provide the concepts and techniques that are necessary to understand communication system design at the system block level. Issues such as tradeoffs between spectral efficiency and power efficiency of different approaches and their effects on component performance requirements are covered.

5G Wireless Networks (265)

This three day course provides comprehensive information on the 5G wireless network with a focus on physical layer and air interface technologies. The course starts with a review of cellular standards evolution and the shortcomings that 5G addresses. Next we move on to describe the modulation waveforms and also look at the issues that are introduced by working with higher GHz frequency bands. Further topics include Massive MIMO, network architecture, 5G system features, and evolutionary services.
 Oct 16-Oct 18, 2017:  San Jose, CA: Presented by: Joe Boccuzzi

Smartphone RF Architecture Fundamentals (267)

The fourth generation wireless communication systems have been deployed or are soon to be deployed in many countries. However, with an explosion of wireless mobile devices and services, there are still some challenges that cannot be accommodated even by 4G, such as the spectrum crisis and high energy consumption. Wireless system designers have been facing the continuously increasing demand for high data rates and mobility required by new wireless applications and therefore have started research on fifth generation wireless systems that are expected to be deployed beyond 2020. Future challenges facing these potential technologies are the significant increase in the complexity of RF cellular handset communication systems that use massive MIMO and cognitive radio networks.

This course is intended for design, application and test engineers as well as technicians wanting to learn about the fundamentals of handset RF architectures, including aspects of the radio design covering the entire signal chain from the RF input to the A/D Digital interface. The aim is understand system design methods to dissect the different radio architectures with emphasis on the physical layer (RF) for the most advanced commercial 4G-LTE and the new MIMO-5G systems.

Radio Systems: RF Transceiver Design from Antenna to Bits and Back (241)

Over the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in the complexity of RF technology to meet the growing demand for fixed and mobile communication systems. Moving forward, we expect this trend to continue with emerging cellular and wireless standards employing complex modulation schemes and occupying higher bandwidth while emphasizing stringent spectrum efficiency requirements. These advances call for employing sophisticated design principles at both the circuit and system levels and hence the need for a comprehensive understanding of the radio modem.

This course is intended for design, application and test engineers as well as technicians interested to learn about the system aspect of the radio design space covering the entire signal chain from antenna to bits and back. The aim is apply intuitive system design methods to dissect the radio modem at RF, analog and digital domains with emphasis on: a) physical understanding of the interaction between components and different radio architectures and b) quantitative performance evaluation using simple hand calculations and simulation. Throughout the course, students will be exposed not only to theoretical analysis but also to concrete examples of radio architectures from existing commercial systems (GSM, WCDMA, WLAN, Bluetooth and WiMAX). Towards the end of this course, students will build using commercial system design tools- a simple but powerful full radio transceiver system (including both digital transmitter and receiver blocks) and measure end-to-end metrics such as bit error rate (BER), error vector magnitude (EVM) and spectrum emission.

 Sep 25-Sep 29, 2017:  San Jose, CA: Presented by: Waleed Khalil

Transceiver and Systems Design for Digital Communications, Radar, and Cognitive Processes (260)

This course provides a system design approach for wireless digital transceivers, radar, and cognitive and adaptive processes to enhance the designs for both commercial and military sectors, allowing a broad spectrum of readers to understand the topics clearly. It covers a wide range of data link communication design techniques, including link budgets, dynamic range and system analysis of receivers and transmitters used in data link communications, digital modulation and demodulation techniques of phase-shift keyed and frequency hopped spread spectrum systems using phase diagrams, multipath, gain control, an intuitive approach to probability, jamming reduction method using various adaptive processes, error detection and correction, global positioning systems (GPS) data link, satellite communications, direction-finding and interferometers, plus a section on broadband communications and home networking including Link 16, JTRS, military radios, and networking.

RF Design Fundamentals & Wireless System Techniques - Online (137)

This course provides circuit and system designers with the essential concepts needed to work effectively with high frequency electronics. Participants gain analytical, graphical, and computer-aided techniques to analyze and optimize RF circuits in practical situations. Essential analytical tools such as S-parameters and the Smith Chart are covered.

At the system level, this course combines theory with real-life examples to provide participants with a complete foundation in understanding overall system performance metrics such as sensitivity and bit error rate. Coverage of digital communication techniques and their effects on RF circuit parameters closes the gap between traditional RF engineering design and the needs of modern communication systems.

The instructor's presentation will be recorded and made available to enrolled students for review for a limited time.

 :  On Demand, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Rick Fornes

Designing RF Transceivers in Extensively-Digital SoCs (263)

Wireless consumer-market products, such as cellular transceivers, WiFi radios and Bluetooth devices, are being made available at ever reducing costs, while offering greater amounts of functionality and higher performance. This is made possible by increasing the level of integration and incorporating wireless transceivers with processors and other circuitry into a monolithic CMOS (SoC). In such environment, the transceiver architecture relies more heavily on digital logic and software algorithms when compared to traditional RF design approaches. This allows such SoC devices to leverage the benefits of the advanced nanometer CMOS fabrication processes while addressing the challenges associated with the implementation of RF functions in such environment. The constant introduction of new wireless standards, as well as the need to accommodate multiple standards in one platform, have made it necessary to adopt software-defined-radio (SDR) principles even in many consumer-market products.

Radio System Design - Theory and Practice (180)

This course identifies the key system design parameters, showing how they compound in a given configuration and hence how they relate to the top level specifications. Various tools are used to provide accurate initial estimates of component performance while others show the relative contribution of each circuit block to the total. These tools help isolate critical parameters allowing designers to focus on the key aspects that have to be top class. In this way designers can focus on the key elements that have to be solved to meet a design requirement in a cost effective manner while making sure that all the parts, when put together, will work as expected.

Transceiver and Systems Design for Digital Communications (208)

Transciever course with insight into satellite and military/aerospace applications.
 Feb 28-Mar 02, 2018:  San Diego, CA: Presented by: Scott Bullock

Advanced Radio System Architectures (214)

This course builds on the Radio System Design –Theory and Practice course, but does not require that course as a prerequisite. The key basics are part of the introduction which then builds and expands the necessary theory, principles and practical design information for radio transceiver design for standards such as CDMA2000, W-CDMA, WLAN, Bluetooth, WiMAX and Zigbee. Tools such as spreadsheets and system design examples using CAD software are used to illustrate topics though out the course.

Applied Design of RF/Wireless Products and Systems (161)

This three-day course focuses on digital modulation in a practical context. RF designs for cellular phones, wireless LANs, and other cordless products have a difficult journey from concept to mass production. Not only are specialist skills required to architect these systems, and to invent suitable circuit topologies, but also to solve the integration and manufacturability issues of a high volume product. This course teaches the practicalities of turning a prototype circuit into a design suitable for production.Tip: This course provides coverage of board layout, testing and other topics for people who have already taken Applied RF Techniques I or have equivalent experience.

RF and Wireless Transceiver Design & Evaluation Techniques (199)

This 5-day course provides technical professionals with the design concepts and development tools required to architect RF transceivers for most wireless applications. The course is intended for working engineers that are in the design, test or support phase of new transceiver technology. A complete understanding of design concepts CAD techniques and system level testing will be covered. Also, Critical system specifications will be discussed based on worldwide standards and an in-depth review of transceiver configurations will be evaluated. The use of RF simulation tools will be used to show design concepts and the trade-offs between modulation techniques and RF performance. The latest RFIC chip sets will be discussed along with the future of RFIC technology.

RF Wireless System Design Fundamentals (063)

This three-day course combines theory with real-life examples to provide participants with a complete foundation in digital communication techniques and their effects on RF circuit parameters, to help them close the gap between traditional RF engineering design and the needs of modern communication systems.
Tip:This course offers basic intuition about system performance and whether design specifications are reasonable/attainable.