e-Learning Opportunities

These courses are available as live training via web conference or as pre-recorded presentations available at a time that is most convenient for you! Enjoy the benefits of RF training with an expert - all without having to leave your work or home! You can ask questions at any time, even via email between sessions.

RF Design: Core Concepts - Web Classroom (247)

This course is the first in a series for RF Design engineers and other professionals in that field. It presents core concepts essential in understanding RF technology and presents circuit-level designers with the foundation needed to work effectively with high frequency electronics. Participants gain analytical, graphical ( Smith Chart ), and computer-aided techniques to analyze and optimize RF circuits in practical situations. This course reviews traditional circuit definitions based on voltages and current and transitions to power-flow concepts and scattering parameters (S-parameters) used in the wireless domain. The material covered forms the foundation for follow-on courses dealing with specific RF and Microwave circuit and component design. This seminar contains material typically covered in one full day of instruction but is divided into five 90 minute web-classroom presentations.

This course is intended for registered individual students only. Please contact us for group rates at info@besserassociates.com or 650-949-3300. Recording, copying, or re-transmission of classroom material is prohibited.

Digital Modulation Webinar (262)

This seminar covers the basics of analog and digital modulation, including sampling and pulsed signals. The fundamental digital modulation formats such as BPSK, QPSK, and QAM are described. Continuous-phase formats (MSK, FSK) are covered as well.

Power Amplifier ABC's (216)

This course aims to bring participants up to speed on the basics of RF power amplifier design and operation in the shortest possible amount of time. Considerable attention is devoted to defining, classifying, and improving the efficiency and linearity of power amplifiers. Numerous design examples are provided for participant exploration. The class offers approximately one day's worth of material, but is typically offered in five 90-minute sessions via web-classroom.

Phase Noise and Jitter - Web Classroom (220)

Timing-related problems associated with signal sources are one of the major bottlenecks in designing today’s highly complex systems. Over many decades, jitter has been extensively studied and utilized to characterize timing inaccuracies in both digital and analog systems. Conversely, phase noise has been exclusively used in RF systems to represent frequency or phase inaccuracy. For both timing and frequency sensitive systems, phase noise measurement is emerging to be the most accurate method of characterizing all types of signal sources (RF, analog or digital). This short course covers the fundamentals of phase noise and jitter, which ultimately set the limit to PLL performance in applications such as frequency synthesis, serial data communication and clock/data recovery. Simple techniques to model phase noise at the circuit component-level and relate it to the overall phase noise and jitter performance of PLLs are presented. The course will also provide a detailed analysis of the different phase noise measurement techniques along with in-depth noise floor analysis. The focus throughout this course will be on providing practical measures utilizing numerous real life examples.
 Apr 11-Apr 13, 2018:  Live Web Conference, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Waleed Khalil

Introduction to RF Impedance Matching Using Analytical Techniques (229)

The need for impedance matching is rooted in basic AC circuit analysis principles. In basic terms, maximum power transfer occurs when the current and voltage are in phase. This workshop examines the ins and outs of delivering the most power possible to an RF load. Q factor and its effect on matching network bandwith are also described.


 :  On Demand, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Bob Froelich

Introduction to Radio Receivers (261)

This webinar presents an overview of the radio receiver. Individual functional blocks are broken out and discussed with an emphasis on their impact to system performance. Key receiver specifications are explained.

The course runs from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific time. A recording of the course will be available on demand for those who are unable to attend the live event.

This course is intended for registered individual students only. Please contact us for group rates at info@besserassociates.com or 650-949-3300. Recording, copying, or re-transmission of classroom material is prohibited.

GaN Power Amplifiers - Web Classroom (228)

This course introduces attendees to the GaN transistor, its properties, various structures, discrete devices and MMIC sources, including the latest GaN power amplifier (PA) design techniques. The properties of GaN will be presented showing the advantage of these devices over GaAs and Si. GaN HEMT transistors will be shown delineating the various geometries, semiconductor processes and structures with associated breakdown voltages, power capability, gain, efficiency, and frequency performance. Guidelines for reliable operation will be presented considering device junction temperature including thermal management techniques. Available GaN HEMT devices from various companies including discrete as well as MMIC elements will be presented. MMIC matching and biasing elements will be shown. The nonlinear models of GaN HEMT devices necessary for the CAD of PAs will be presented. Design considerations for both constant amplitude envelope signals (GSM) as well as the non-constant amplitude envelope signals (Edge, CDMA, WCDMA, WIMAX, LTE) will be presented. Step-by-step design procedures will be shown for various GaN PA examples including different classes of operation as well as the popular Doherty PA. The class offers approximately one day's worth of material, but is typically offered in five 90-minute sessions via web-classroom.

RF and Wireless Made Simple - On Demand (192)

Learn how to speak engineer-or at least understand them!

and learn at your own pace.

RF & Wireless Made Simple online course can teach a basic understanding of RF and wireless technology in as little as 8 hours, or up to six months whenever you need a "refresher".
Frequently used terms will be explained, as well as how to calculate dB. The names and functions of RF system components are discussed and a description of how they interact to generate and process signals is provided. The course explains the basic principles of signal processing and multiple access techniques in wireless telecommunications. A variety of relevant topics will be covered including a comparison of the specifications of commercial wireless systems. The course concludes with a discussion on the future of wireless technology and its applications.


 :  On Demand, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Rex Frobenius

RF Technology Certification - Online (009)

This online program has been designed for applications, production, manufacturing engineers and technicians as well as other professionals who need to have a solid background in the fundamentals of working with RF and wireless products. This four part program provides a thorough understanding of RF analytical tools, communications signals, RF devices and test instruments. Starting with basic analytical tools such as the decibel scale, S-parameters and the Smith Chart, this program covers test instrumentation, RF components, and modulation. A basic block diagram of a transmitter/receiver chain forms the backbone of the course outline. Each component is described, and the relative performance parameters defined. Key impairments are introduced as they become relevant to the operation of the system. Basic system calculations are covered, as well as modulation formats and multiple access techniques.

The program consists of four online sessions spread out over a six month period. Each five to six week session consists of pre-recorded self-paced lectures combined with a live/recorded one to two hour Q&A/tutorial webcast with the instructor as well as forums. Each session has a brief test as well. The program is equivalent to approximately 40 hours of training. After finishing the program students will receive a signed certificate of completion.


 Sep 22-Feb 28, 2018:  Live Web Conference, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Rex Frobenius

RF CMOS Power Amplifier Design Techniques - Online (254)

Until recently, power amplifiers have been considered the exclusive province of GaAs, GaN, Si LDMOS and other processes. Recently, there has been renewed interest in the use of CMOS for power amplifiers targeted at the mobile market. Aside from the potential to integrate the PA with the transceiver chip or front-end switch, the main driving factors have been cost and access to a standard foundry process. Although CMOS processes offer significant cost benefits, MOS transistors do have performance limitations when compared to other processes being used for PA design. These limitations require design changes to enable CMOS to be used from PA design. As a result, although there are many similarities to PA design in other processes there are additional aspects that are unfamiliar to PA designers. Therefore CMOS PA design requires a combination of the skills of a PA designer with those of an RFIC design engineer.

RF Productivity: Core Analytical Tools (250)

This course provides the background analytical tools necessary to work with RF systems and components. Subjects such as the dB scale, complex impedances, the Smith Chart, and S-parameters are covered. The lecture material and workbooks are the same as part 1 of the RF Technology Certification program.
 :  On Demand, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Rex Frobenius

RF Productivity: Signals and Propagation (255)

This course has been designed for applications, production, manufacturing engineers and technicians as well as other professionals who need to have a solid background in the fundamentals of working with RF and wireless products. This course is part two of a four part program that provides a thorough understanding of RF analytical tools, communications signals, RF devices and test instruments. Signals and modulation formats are described in this session along with propagation fundamentals.

The course consists of pre-recorded lectures followed by online exercise workbooks. Q&A forums are also available. The lecture material and workbooks are the same as part 2 of the RF Technology Certification program.


 :  On Demand, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Rex Frobenius

RF Productivity: Test Equipment (256)

This course has been designed for applications, production, manufacturing engineers and technicians as well as other professionals who need to have a solid background in the fundamentals of working with RF and wireless products. This course is part three of a four part program that provides a thorough understanding of RF analytical tools, communications signals, RF devices and test instruments. Specialized test and measurement equipment for RF and wireless such as spectrum and network analyzers are described.

The course consists of pre-recorded lectures followed by online exercise workbooks. Q&A forums are also available. The lecture material and workbooks are the same as part 3 of the RF Technology Certification program.


 :  On Demand, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Rex Frobenius

RF Productivity: Wireless/Radio System Components (257)

This course has been designed for applications, production, manufacturing engineers and technicians as well as other professionals who need to have a solid background in the fundamentals of working with RF and wireless products. This course is part four of a four part program that provides a thorough understanding of RF analytical tools, communications signals, RF devices and test instruments. A basic block diagram of a transmitter/receiver chain forms the backbone of the course outline. Each component is described, and the relative performance parameters defined. Key impairments are introduced as they become relevant to the operation of the system. Basic system calculations are covered.

The course consists of pre-recorded lectures followed by online exercise workbooks. Q&A forums are also available. The lecture material and workbooks are the same as part 4 of the RF Technology Certification program.


 :  On Demand, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Rex Frobenius

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

Professionally recorded classroom presentation is offered as online video sessions. Enjoy the lecture at your own pace!
 :  On Demand, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Rick Fornes

RF and High Speed PCB and EMI Design Fundamentals (042)

A professionally recorded classroom presentation is available for viewing online at your own pace. Enjoy a classroom course anywhere you have internet access!
 :  On Demand, RF Mentor e-Learning: Presented by: Rick Fornes