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2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed
formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit
design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at
the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps
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RF Cafe Forums closed its virtual doors in 2012 mainly due to other social media
platforms dominating public commenting venues. RF Cafe Forums began sometime around
August of 2003 and was quite well-attended for many years. By 2010, Facebook and
Twitter were overwhelmingly dominating online personal interaction, and RF Cafe
Forums activity dropped off precipitously. If the folks at
phpBB would release a version with integrated
sign-in from the major social media platforms, I would resurrect the RF Cafe Forums,
but until then it is probably not worth the effort. Regardless, there are still
lots of great posts in the archive that ware worth looking at.
Below are the old forum threads, including responses to the original posts.
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Post subject: High-Frequency PCB design
Fri Mar 18, 2005 10:29 am
I want to design
a PCB for very high frequencies (3-10GHz), specifically incorporating
connector for antenna and a transceiver, baseband and MAC ICs. Can anybody
guide me as to what software I can use to design it?
Will ORCAD 10
Being new in PCB design, I would also appreciate
guidelines on the various potential problems that I can face and how
to solve them.
Thanks a lot.
Post subject: PCB Design
Unread postPosted: Sun
Mar 20, 2005 10:34 pm
You have a tall order. First,
lots of PCB packages (incliuding OrCad 10, if you know it or find its
interface congenial to your taste) will let you design the board - but
*analysis* (to see if you have a good-enough design) is a whole different
To have a good shot at a functional design, you will need
to know about microstrip. There are whole books on this subject: get
one and read it!
(Lots of people use the book(s) by Garg and Bahl,
published by Artech House).
Then you'll need a simulator - or
maybe just a lot of board "turns" - layouts/fabs/tests/fix layout, do
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:24
Thanx a lot for your info.
I will look into microstrips.
Also, would appreciate if you could tell me some simulators that
are available in the market