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Tutorial – The Absolute Beginner's Guide to RF & Microwave PCB Design

Ben Jordan  (Sr Manager, Corporate Marketing, Altium LLC)

Location: Ballroom A

Date: Tuesday, January 28

Time: 9:00 am - 11:50 am

Track: 01. Signal & Power Integrity for Single-Multi Die, Interposer & Packaging

Format: Tutorial

Pass Type: All-Access Pass, Alumni All-Access Pass - Get your pass now!

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: Introductory

This is a session for embedded engineers and PCB designers who have never done RF board layout, but are curious and want to have a go at it. It is not for experienced microwave engineers. This is a practical workshop, and will introduce (or re-introduce) some of the basic math associated with the topic, but the goal is to be practical and intuitive, not theoretical and esoteric. We will visualize the elements available and build and test using desktop prototyping gear.


Attendees will leave this class with:
(1) A better understanding of the physical transmission line structures used for microwave boards
(2) Essential transmission line evaluation skills (VSWR, S-parameters, basic simulation)
(3) Ability to design basic transmission line elements: T-Line, Impedance Transformer, Stubs
(4) An introductory knowledge of PCB antennas
(5) Smith charting tools.

Intended Audience

High school physics :-)