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Radio Frequency (RF) covers the spectrum from 3 kHz up to 300 GHz. RF work has gained a reputation of being something of a “black art”. It is a fact that, in general, RF products will need to be tuned as simulation tools and models are not accurate enough to get to first pass success without tuning. However, a lot of issues occur needlessly from sloppy work and a lack of understanding of basic principles. This means that, in general, a lot of issues can be solved before they even occur. This requires that the basic principles of RF are understood and there is rigorous attention to detail in all phases of design and test.

This course is an introduction to RF for design engineers, test engineers and product engineers or anyone else who needs to work with RF or has an interest in the field of RF. The emphasis of the course will be on the practical aspect rather than the mathematical aspect. The aim is for engineers to obtain an intuitive understanding of the concepts to allow them to apply these concepts in their work. 

The internet offers a lot of resources for the RF engineer and it is not the objective of this course to supplant the internet, but to offer a guide for the engineer to know what to look for and where to find it. Engineers who take this course should leave knowing the basics of RF design and test, what to look for on the internet and where to find the relevant articles and calculators to help them during their work.

Upon completing the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand RF fundamentals
  • Understand RF terminology
  • Work with transmission lines
  • Have an understanding of mismatch and the importance of matching
  • Understand the performance of passive devices at RF
  • Work with passive devices at RF
  • Have a basic understanding of active devices at RF
  • Track down grounding and signal return issues
  • Find relevant articles on the internet to fill in blanks in their knowledge
  • Find online calculators to calculate RF parameters

Who Should Attend?

Engineers working with RF. Engineers working on RF integrated circuits. Design and layout engineers tasked with undertaking RF or high-speed digital board design. Technicians and test engineers involved in test and debug using RF products. Technical management needing an understanding of RF. Anyone with an interest in RF. The course aims to impart an intuitive understanding of the concepts involved, but there is a mathematical basis to most of the content and the student will need to be comfortable dealing with engineering mathematics.

*This is a pre-recorded online course commenced via Udemy.

*The course consists of 5 sessions with a total 6.5 hours. 

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  • RF basics
  • Transmission lines
  • S-parameters
  • The Smith chart
  • Passive components
  • Active components
  • RF circuits
  • Terminations and matching
  • Grounding
  • Coupling and decoupling considerations
  • Noise
  • Small signal and large signal
  • Harmonics
  • Frequency conversion and mixing
  • Designing for tunability
  • Debugging
Energy transmission at RF frequencies · electromagnetic waves · dB representation of power and voltage · s-parameters · component matching · grounding issues · noise in RF circuits · non-linear effects in RF circuits · tuning · debugging


Malcolm H. Smith is a director of AnalogueSmith (S) Pte. Ltd. a Singapore based design house delivering RF and analogue centric solutions with focus on IoT sensor nodes. He has been working as an independent consultant in the semiconductor industry for over 4 years and has over 25 years industrial experience delivering mixed-signal, analogue, RFIC and RF solutions. Prior to becoming a consultant, he worked for over 9 years at Amalfi Semiconductor and, after RFMD purchased Amalfi Semiconductor, at RFMD on the design of CMOS power amplifiers and front-ends for cellular applications.

He was the inventor of the output structure used on all Amalfi/RFMD CMOS PAs and was also the sole inventor of the method used to integrate the front-end switching in bulk CMOS for the World's first GSM/GPRS Tx Modules with integrated switch. He was also the lead of the group that designed a Band I WCDMA amplifier with the World leading Figure Of Merit (FOM) for a CMOS PA of 80.

Prior to Amalfi Semiconductor, Dr. Smith worked at Intel where he was responsible for the architecture and system design of cellular transceivers and was involved in making the first call on a public network using an Intel designed transceiver. Dr. Smith started in the cellular field at Bell Labs in 1996 where he was delivered mixed-signal, analogue, and RFIC circuits for cellular and pager products.

Before Bell Labs and after graduating with a Ph.D. he worked for over three years at Matsushita Electric Works (now renamed Panasonic) in Osaka, Japan, on the design of analogue sensor circuits. He holds over 40 patents, has delivered invited tutorials at conferences in Asia, the US and Europe and has published several Journal and conference papers.

Dr. Smith was awarded the B.Sc (Hons) degree in Microelectronics from the University of Edinburgh, the M.Sc. from the University of Westminster and the Ph.D. Degree from the University of Kent all in the UK. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Member of the IET in the UK.
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Wizlogix was founded by our Directors, Angeline Lee and Shawn Ng in year 2000. We were awarded with our first major contract in PCB layout design from HP (Hewlett Packard), and have developed long term business relations with them ever since.
  • In 2004, Wizlogix invested in high-end EDA tools to be used for in-house layout design services and explored into additional services such as PCB prototyping fabrication and assembly.
  • In 2007, the Wizlogix Training Hub was established. Working with renowned trainers internationally, we aim to provide technical competency courses and certification programs for local engineers.
  • In 2009, we further expanded to specialize in quick turn prototyping, New Product Introduction (NPI) and High Mix Low Volume (HMLV) builds.
  • With the aim of expanding like an MNC, Wizlogix embarked on improving employee engagement through HR Capability Programmes in 2011.
  • In 2012, we became an IPC member to gear ourselves towards a worldwide industry standard in PCB qualities acceptance.
  • By 2013, Wizlogix was involved in the PCB layout of a joint commercial satellite design and development project between DSO and NTU, and the satellite design for Singapore Technologies. They are now known as ST (Satellite System). Since then, we became part of the space ecosystem in the government’s efforts towards nurturing this new industry. ...
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