RF Electronics: design and simulation

Kikkert, Cornelius J. (2013) RF Electronics: design and simulation. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

[Extract] The material presented in this book evolved from teaching analogue electronics courses at James Cook University over many years. When I started teaching electronics design, computer simulation tools were non-existent and most of the design optimisation was done by replacing components in hardware. It was a big step forward when EESOF became available in the mid 1980's. The computer simulation tools have progressed enormously since then. Early in my career, I was given the following advice for designing electronic circuits. "Get the circuit to work and then start taking components out. Put back the one that stops the circuit from working." This is a silly statement, since in a proper design removing any component will stop if from working, but it does illustrate the goal of any designer: Design a circuit that will work first time, according to specification. It must do so reliably and at as low a cost as possible. Since labour is expensive, the circuits also should not require any adjustments after manufacture in order that they meet the specifications.

Research Statement

Research Background This material is evolved from teaching analogue electronics courses at James Cook University over many years. When I started teaching electronics design, computer simulation tools were non-existent and most of the design optimisation was done by replacing components in hardware.
Research Contribution We can now design analogue electronic circuits using the simulation in this book, change active device parameters in the simulation, ensuring that variations in performance during manufacturing do not cause the circuit to fail to meet the specifications. We can check that the circuit will meet specifications under any permitted temperature, power supply and input signal variations. For consumer or space critical applications, the computer simulation tools used will allow Low Temperature Cofired Ceramic (LTCC) circuits to be designed.
Research Significance This whole book is suitable for teaching RF and microwave electronic design in the final year of an undergraduate Bachelor Degree program or as a course in a postgraduate program. Chapter 2 can be used at earlier years of a Bachelor Degree program to teach the principles of computer simulation and design of analogue electronic circuits. These computer simulation techniques are not limited to RF and Microwave frequencies. For that reason, chapter 2 includes examples operating below 100 kHz. The modelling of mains (50/60 Hz) power distribution transformers, described in chapter 2, could not have been done without the optimisation capability of AWRDE. Unless otherwise indicated, any of the hardware shown in photographs, have been designed by the author and produced by him with assistance from JCU technical staff.
Item ID: 32433
Item Type: Book (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-9783109-3-4
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 01:15
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090604 Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits @ 40%
10 TECHNOLOGY > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100505 Microwave and Millimetrewave Theory and Technology @ 40%
09 ENGINEERING > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090601 Circuits and Systems @ 20%
SEO Codes: 86 MANUFACTURING > 8617 Communication Equipment > 861799 Communication Equipment not elsewhere classified @ 70%
86 MANUFACTURING > 8615 Instrumentation > 861599 Instrumentation not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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