Course Overview This 2-day course focuses on the practical design of modern RF and microwave power amplifiers (PAs) for wireless communications systems. Fundamental concepts of PAs are reviewed, including the various classes of amplifier operation and selection of suitable devices and circuit topologies required to meet overall performance specifications. The course also addresses nonlinear behaviour of PAs and effects on system performance. Various techniques to improve linearity and enhance efficiency are discussed in detail. Throughout the course, practical PA designs are demonstrated using live measurements on test equipment.
Who Will Benefit? The technical course is aimed at engineers, technicians and engineering managers involved in the design, development, testing and application of RF, wireless and microwave circuits and systems who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of practical PA design. Delegates typically include RF Engineers, Microwave Engineers, RF Systems Engineers and RF Field Applications Engineers.
Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Understand the various modes of PA operation
Select suitable device and circuit topologies for a given performance specification
Describe non-linear effects
Evaluate digital predistortion methods
Understand feedback and feedforward linearisation techniques
Improve PA efficiency using Doherty, Chireix and other techniques
Understand how to make practical measurements on PAs
Business Benefits The course will deliver the following business benefits:
Reduced design and development times and costs
Improved design and development efficiency
Improved design quality and system performance
Reduced development and project risks
Course Programme The course content covers:
Review of modern modulation techniques
RF PA design techniques
PA performance requirements and specifications
Selection of suitable device and circuit topologies
Load pull measurements for device characterisation
PA design techniques
Nonlinear behaviour of RF PAs
Memory effects and intermodulation product asymmetry
Predistortion, feedback and feedforward methods
Efficiency enhancement techniques
Envelope elimination and restoration (EER), envelope tracking, adaptive biasing
Doherty, Chireix and Kahn
Instructor Detailed information about the course instructor is available on request.
Prerequisites Participants would normally be qualified to degree level or equivalent in an electronic engineering, physics or mathematics-related subject. They should also have a good understanding of RF and microwave technology.
Course Level Intermediate: Assumes the delegate has general knowledge of the subject and professional experience of the specific areas covered.
Course Venue Delivered on-site either at customer premises or at any suitable venue throughout the UK, Europe and Rest of the World.
Dates Flexible according to your requirements.
Course Fees Please click here or call us on +44 (0)845 680 2462 to request a quote.
What’s Included? Course participants will each receive a set of high-quality bound course notes printed in full colour and a Certificate of Attendance.
Customisation For on-site courses, we do not force your organisation to adopt a standard, ‘one-size-fits-all’ training programme. The standard course programme can be adapted both in content and duration according to your exact requirements and specifications. Our technical experts will assist you in identifying these, even if they are uncertain or unclear. The course programme is then fitted to your exact requirements. Please call us on +44(0)845 680 2462 to discuss your requirements in more detail.
Related Courses Related courses include Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communications Systems (RF2), Practical RF and Microwave Measurements (RF3), Practical Design of Wireless Digital Communications Systems (RF4) and PCB Design for RF and High-Speed Applications (RF5).
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