Software & CAD

An Automatic Macro Program for Radio Frequency MOSFET Characteristics Analysis

Introduction to an automatic macro program used for the analysis of radio frequency MOSFETs
Technical Feature An Automatic Macro Program for Radio Frequency MOSFET Characteristics Analysis The parameter extraction language (PEL) in Agilent IC-CAP software is used to develop an automatic macro program for the analysis of the characteristics of RF MOSFETs. By using this powerful macro program, the time spent on the...
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Fractional-N Synthesizers

Description of fractional-N synthesizers and the associated systems used to implement the technology in commercially available products
Technical Feature Fractional-N Synthesizers David Owen IFR Systems Inc. Wichita, KS Fig. 1 A basic fractional-N system with no jitter correction based on a single accumulator. Fractional-N synthesizers have been used for many years to improve the performance of indirect frequency synthesizers. A simple indirect synthesizer consists of a...
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Lossy Linearizers for Reduction of Nonlinear Distortion

Description of a technique used for reducing distortion components in nonlinear electronic or electro-optic devices
Technical Feature Lossy Linearizers for Reduction of Nonlinear Distortion This article describes a technique for reducing distortion components in nonlinear electronic or electro-optic devices. The linearizer circuits are capable of generating both even- or odd-order distortion, or any combination thereof. Both compressive (180°) and expansive (0°) nonlinearity can be...
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Design of a Novel Vector Modulator

Introduction to a vector modulator that controls magnitude and phase of an input signal
Technical Feature Design of a Novel Vector Modulator A vector modulator that controls magnitude and phase of an input signal is proposed in this article. The previous magnitude and phase-controlling circuits, composed of an attenuator and a phase shifter, permit phase and gain cross-coupling. The proposed modulator, which is...
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Network Analyzer Software for Simplified Bandpass Filter Tuning

Use of newly developed filter tuning application software to accurately tune coupled-resonator bandpass filters
Product Feature Network Analyzer Software for Simplified Bandpass Filter Tuning Agilent Technologies Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Tuning the multiple poles and zeros of a coupled-resonator bandpass filter is generally labor-intensive and time-consuming. Often performed by a company's most experienced technicians armed with a vector network analyzer, such tuning requires...
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Advanced RF Technologies for the Wireless Market

Detailed overview of the different architectures available for transceiver ICs with greater emphasis on near-zero IF configuration
Technical Feature Advanced RF Technologies for the Wireless Market Yvan Droinet Philips Semiconductors Caen, France Most products in the wireless world require more and more miniaturization. This incentive leads integrated circuit designers to develop innovative architectures with higher and higher integration levels. On the one hand, there is a...
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A Simple VVA RFIC Design with a Focus on Repeatability and Stability

Description of an FET-based voltage variable attenuator, its characteristics, design trade-offs and common topologies
Technical Feature A Simple VVA RFIC Design with a Focus on Repeatability and Stability A novel voltage variable attenuator (VVA) integrated circuit reduces the sensitivity of the transfer curves to temperature and process variations. The new solution is achieved without compromising the simplicity of a single positive voltage control...
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Research@mwjournal.com

Comprehensive overview of microwave technology research projects currently being investigated by European academic institutions and commercial organizations
European Supplement Research@mwjournal.com Richard Mumford Microwave Journal European Editor A commitment to well funded, focused, commercially viable research is critical to the future prosperity of the microwave industry. In this special report Microwave Journal takes a snapshot of the research projects being investigated by academic and commercial establishments across...
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Design and Prototyping of a Transimpedance Front-end Amplifier for Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing Circuits

Development of an optical power monitor for use in dense wavelength division multiplexing circuits using a logarithmic operational amplifier transimpedance front-end amplifier
Technical Note Design and Prototyping of a Transimpedance Front-end Amplifier for Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing Circuits As part of the development of an optical power monitor for use in dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) circuits, the effectiveness of a logarithmic operational amplifier transimpedance front-end amplifier was investigated, and the...
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Fast Design of Cross-coupled Filter Substructures

Demostration of how three-dimensional electromagnetic analysis can speed up the realization process of cascaded tri-section bandpass filters
Application Note Fast Design of Cross-coupled Filter Substructures Cross-coupled narrow bandpass filters with asymmetric transmission zeros can be realized in cascaded tri-section topology.1,2,3 Each tri-section creates a single transmission zero below or above the passband. The realization of resonator tri-sections is relatively difficult due to the interaction between the...
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