Modern Digital RF Transceivers – Architectures, Impairments and Measurements


    2 Days


    This new 2-day technical course describes and discusses the latest digital RF and wireless transceivers, including recent direct digitising architectures using high-speed data converters. Topics covered include RF transceiver system components, analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) and digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) basics, RF transceiver architecture selection, performance impairments and design trade-offs and a review of RF transmitter and receiver performance measurements.


    • RF transceiver system components
    • Understanding sampling, aliasing and Nyquist
    • ADC basic principles and specifications
    • ADCs for RF applications
    • DAC basic principles and specifications
    • DACs for RF applications
    • Transceiver architectures and trade-offs
    • Single, double and direct conversion architectures
    • Direct digitising transmitter and receiver architectures
    • Transmitter and receiver impairments
    • Transceiver trade-offs between performance and complexity/cost
    • Frequency planning and blocking mechanisms
    • System planning to minimise noise and distortion
    • Transmitter modulation measurements – AM/AM, AM/PM, ACPR etc.
    • Receiver modulation measurements – BER, sensitivity, spurious etc.


    A detailed course brochure is available on request. Either click here to complete the contact form or call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123.


    The course is aimed at engineers working in the RF, wireless and microwave communications industry and designing, developing or providing applications support for the latest RF and wireless transceivers using high-speed data converters. This includes RF engineers, wireless engineers, hardware engineers and software engineers working on RF transceiver systems. Technical managers needing to understand the issues surrounding modern RF transceivers would also benefit from the course.


    This is a technical course and the ability to assimilate and understand technical concepts is essential. A technical background is desirable in order to derive maximum benefit from the course. Participants would normally be qualified to degree level or have equivalent experience in an engineering, physics or mathematics-related subject. If you are unsure about the technical level of the course then either click here to complete the contact form or call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123.


    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Define the basic building blocks of RF transceiver systems
    • Understand how data converters operate
    • Describe a range of RF transceiver architectures
    • Explain system design trade-offs that must be considered
    • Know the performance challenges of direct digitising transceivers
    • Understand a range of modern transmitter modulation measurements
    • Understand a range of modern receiver modulation measurements


    The course will take place on the following dates in 2018:

    Course Code RF0907
    Day 1 – Monday 9 July 2018, Registration: 9:00-9:30 AM, Start: 9:30 AM, Finish: 5:00 PM
    Day 2 – Tuesday 10 July 2018, Start: 9:00 AM, Finish: 4:30 PM


    £995 + £199 VAT = £1194 GBP
    UK Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 20%


    Course fees cover tuition, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunches and full-colour printed notes. Each participant will also receive a PDF Certificate of Attendance. Accommodation and travel costs are not included in the course fees.


    Rohde & Schwarz UK, Ancells Business Park, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ, UK

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    Rohde & Schwarz UK is 15 mins walk from the railway station or a short taxi ride.

    Travel by Air
    Heathrow airport is 26 miles (42 km) and Gatwick airport is 48 miles (77 km) from Rohde & Schwarz UK. If you are travelling by air, then we can reserve a taxi for you. The driver will meet you at arrivals and transfer you either to your hotel or directly to the course venue. Please call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123 if you require any travel assistance.


    Please note that accommodation costs are not included in the course fees. Hotels and B&Bs can be found in the area including:

    Premier Inn Fleet – distance from hotel to course venue=0.8 miles (1.2 km)
    The Lismoyne Hotel – distance from hotel to course venue=1.7 miles (2.7 km)
    The Elvetham Hotel – distance from hotel to course venue=3.6 miles (5.8 km)


    We encourage you to read our full Terms & Conditions, which cover important issues like payment and cancellation policies.


    We want to ensure that our courses meet or exceed your expectations. Therefore, if you attend a scheduled course and conclude by lunch time of the first day that the course is unsuitable, then simply notify the course instructor and we will arrange to refund 100% of the course fee. You must leave the course at this time and return all learning materials and handouts to the instructor for the guarantee to apply.


    A cancellation fee of 20% will apply for cancellations received 7-14 days before the start of a course. Cancellations received less than 7 days before are not refundable. Substitute delegates can be made any time before a course starts.


    Upon registering for a course, confirmation will be emailed immediately followed by the Course Joining Instructions and a VAT Invoice within 1 working day. We strongly recommend that you do not make any firm travel and/or accommodation commitments until you receive final confirmation that the course will definitely go ahead. This is sent as soon as the minimum number of attendees has been reached to make the course viable and no later than 1 week before the scheduled course start date.


    Please click here and complete the contact form or call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123.

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