Innovative features of NI AWR software for the design of power amplifiers (PA), filters and antennas for 5G, IoT and radar applications will be showcased during European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2019, taking place October 1–3 in Paris. In addition to software demonstrations in the NI Booth #310a, NI AWR software products will be featured in a MicroApps workshop and presentation, as well as at the sixth annual RF/Microwave PA Forum and third annual European Microwave Doctoral School.

Design of Antenna Matching-Circuit for IoT Devices Workshop

Dr. Jaume Anguera, Fractus Antennas and Dr. Andrea Sani, AWR Group, NI

In this workshop on Tuesday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. in the MicroApps theater, attendees will experience how to design an antenna for an IoT device using a new generation of miniature, multi-band, off-the-shelf chip components called ground-plane boosters. These boosters work easily with any standard or frequency and simultaneously with multiple standards. Attendees will learn how to design IoT devices from scratch more simply, quickly and cost-effectively using Microwave Office circuit design software, part of the NI AWR Design Environment portfolio.

PA Forum: Device Technologies, Characterization, Modeling and End-Use Applications

This full-day event runs from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2 and provides insight into and encourages discussion around the latest approaches to PA device models, parameter extraction measurement techniques and process technologies, as well as design flow and theory. The PA Forum begins with a keynote by Dr. Steve Cripps, Cardiff University, on “Active and Passive Matching in RFPAs: A Quirky Partnership,” and will be followed by presentations from United Monolithic Semiconductors (UMS), Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, OMMIC, AMCAD Engineering, Focus Microwaves, ICONIC RF, as well as Ametek-CTS.

Designing a Narrowband Bandpass Filter for 5G Applications

David Vye, AWR Group, NI

This presentation on Wednesday, October 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the MicroApps theater, examines the factors driving the physical, electrical and cost constraints for 5G filters. To address these challenges, a narrowband filter design methodology using classic filter network theory, parameterized electromagnetic (EM) simulation and port-tuning techniques will be presented. The approach will be demonstrated using the NI AWR Design Environment platform to develop a narrowband 28-GHz bandpass cavity filter targeting millimeter wave (mmWave) backhaul applications.

European Microwave Doctoral School: Building a Modern Digital Transceiver in One Day

Dr. David Ricketts, North Carolina State University

This hands-on workshop on Wednesday, October 2 beginning at 9:00 a.m. is offered as part of the European Microwave Doctoral School program. Future M.S. and Ph.D. candidate attendees will use Microwave Office circuit design software to build their own digital radio. They will learn how modern radios work, from communication theory, to fabricating microwave printed circuit boards (PCB), to making measurements with a mini-vector signal analyzer (VNA). At the end of the workshop attendees will complete a 950 MHz quadrature amplitude modification (QAM) radio.